A seriously ill dad who needs a triple amputation is trapped in a Spanish hospital, because Wythenshawe’s intensive care unit is full.
Matthew Parkes, 38, was on a dream break to Majorca with wife Pamela, 39, and their daughter Sophia, four, when, three days in, he developed a ‘sore throat’.
To the family’s horror, he then suffered pneumonia, organ failure, septic shock, lost a lung and is now in a private Palma hospital in an induced coma. Medication to treat his organs has affected circulation and he needs a hand and both feet amputating.
Matthew has now been diagnosed with Castleman Disease - a rare lymph node condition which meant Matthew’s body couldn’t fight off the throat infection. He needs chemotherapy to fight the disease.
Their insurance company Insure and Go has an air ambulance on stand-by.
But Wythenshawe Hospital - which has the expertise needed to help Matthew - has had to put him on a waiting list due to a lack of ICU beds.
Hospital bosses have confirmed the unit is full and they are working with the Parkes family to get Matthew admitted as soon as possible.
Pamela, from Bramhall, says a glitch in the NHS system means that, because Wythenshawe has accepted them, they cannot apply to get in elsewhere.
She told the M.E.N: “I’m devastated. Your husband is in amazing health, has never been in a hospital, and then all of a sudden you think your husband is going to die.
“Last time he was awake he said he loved me and he thought he just had pneumonia - if he wakes up the best case scenario is he’s told he is going to be disabled for the rest of his life.
“The worst case is that he doesn’t have long left. I can’t live without him.