A woman with Crohn’s disease has said she believes it is vital that the Michael Sobell Hospice is kept open.
Sandra Crowe was given six months to live three and a half years ago and now exists in almost constant pain. She is a regular visitor to the Michael Sobell Hospice Day Centre and recently spent time with Terry Dean who started a petition to save the Michael Sobell Hospice earlier in the summer.
As NorthwoodNews went to press, it had been signed by more than 8,500 people.
Terry said Sandra lives alone with her dogs Romeo and Juliet and has no relatives left in the UK as she is unable to move to the USA and join her daughter. Her husband Barry died in 2009.
Terry said the hospice and day centre are vital in Sandra’s life and said she is devastated that the inpatient unit has been moved into Mount Vernon Hospital.
He revealed: “Sandra said that when the beds were dragged out in front of the day care centre patients she felt like her heart was being ripped out. She believes that if there are indeed any issues with the building that need fixing they could easily be dealt with by the local community with support from the many local businesses she is already canvassing.”
Terry said Sandra sees the Michael Sobell Hospice as her only lifeline and is scared and confused about what could happen to her in the future.
He explained: “She found comfort in knowing that her final refuge was to be one of the beds with which she had become so familiar. She does not want to end her days in a hospital ward, nor in a facility far from her friends in the local community. She says she thinks the emotional stress and heartache the closure has caused is making her pain worse and accelerating the inevitable.”