Children in agony because the NHS refuses to take out their tonsils
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But when Nathalie followed her into the bathroom, she found cheap jordans shoes a scene like a horror film. ‘As I approached the bathroom I could hear Elizabeth vomiting,’ says Nathalie, 42, a charity worker from Nottingham.
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A dash to cheap jordans china a nearby urgent care centre revealed Elizabeth had been suffering with tonsillitis so severe, the tissues had swollen to enormous proportions, Cheap jordans become ulcerated and a blood cheap nike shoes vessel in one of them had burst.
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With the aid of over the counter painkillers and a ten day course of penicillin, Elizabeth recovered quickly.
But less than a month later, the bug was back and this time her anxious parents rushed their daughter to the GP. Another course of antibiotics followed.
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‘So I asked her GP if she could have her tonsils out.’
A reasonable request, you might say. After all, Nathalie herself just like millions of others in Britain over the past half century or so had her tonsils cheapjordansretros2u safely removed at cheap jordans free shipping the age of five and suffered no subsequent throat infections.
It was then that the family came up against a controversial some might argue obdurate and penny pinching NHS guideline that some parents fear is depriving their sick children of desperately needed surgery.
cheap jordans 9 Guidance from NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (which decides what treatments are worth funding on the NHS) states that tonsillectomies (the surgical removal of both tonsils) should only cheap jordans on sale be carried out under the ‘357 rule’. cheap jordans 9
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cheap jordans basketball shoes ‘It’s incredibly frustrating,’ she says. ‘What nobody seems to realise is that when Elizabeth is ill, she’s really very ill. cheap jordans basketball shoes
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‘And she misses out on her football, which she loves.
‘I am well aware of the risks of surgery and cheap jordans online I would never do anything that might harm my cheap jordans for sale daughter without good reason. But I really think she needs her tonsils out.’
It’s not clear why some people like Elizabeth are so prone to cheap jordans in china repeat infections. Research suggests there may be a genetic element to it, but it’s also possible they carry drug resistant strains of bacteria, have weakened immune systems or live with someone who carries the bugs that cause it.
But why are doctors so reluctant to extract tonsils from sufferers nowadays? After all, it’s a relatively simple procedure, which can take just 30 minutes under a full anaesthetic, and costs between 1,500 and 3,000.
A standard stay in hospital, in comparison, costs 400 a day, even before any drugs and cheap air force surgery.
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