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Sorcha Baliczki, Bettystown, Co. Meath

  • Endometriosis and Adenomyosis
  • 14/03/2024
Sorcha Baliczki, Bettystown, Co. Meath

“Everything was amazing and from the minute I woke up I knew the pain was gone,” said Sorcha Baliczki from Bettystown, Co. Meath. “I had suffered with painful cramps all my life and then shortly after the birth of my third child was in so much pain I couldn’t move. After many visits to my GP, I was prescribed painkillers and had a scan that showed possible Adenomyosis. I had never heard of the condition and after some research saw it is potentially very serious and could spread to other organs. The only treatment was a hysterectomy and as I was in my early 30’s I would face a wait of 6 to 8 years for the operation. Going private was not a possibility due to the cost. While exploring online chats and groups I came across Healthcare Abroad and ended up on the phone with Chris. He explained the process and how the costs were covered.”

“It all sounded too good to be true but in four weeks I was in Spain having the surgery. When I arrived at the hospital for pre-op it was like I was on a TV set. Everyone was so attentive and efficient. I am choking up just talking about my initial visit with Dr. Vleugels as it was the first time, I actually felt like I was being listened to. After my examination he explained to me that my ultrasound scan showed my condition was extreme. Because I had three previous C-sections, he decided to proceed with a laparoscopic procedure which would be less invasive. On the morning after surgery visit, he assured me all went well and said he even managed to do the surgery with three small incisions instead of four.”

“Everything was brilliant right through to my recovery. The hotel and Healthcare Abroad staff made it seem more like a holiday than surgery recovery. I am a chef and have to say the food at the hotel was better than I had had for a while. Kevin, the driver who was assigned to me was lovely, checking in on me and making sure I was taken care of. I had to stay for almost twenty days and was missing my family so my mother and eldest daughter came to spend a few days with me, and they were also looked after. For the most part though I was on my own but never felt alone because I was being so well looked after.”

“We live by the sea and now that I am fully recovered, I am so happy to be able to get back to doing outings with my husband and children. While at the hotel I got to know many fellow patients and Healthcare Abroad staff. As a result, I am happy to say I now work for Healthcare Abroad and can help people like I was helped. I know what it is like to be facing unbearable pain and feeling scared to travel for treatment. Hopefully sharing my story will alleviate their fears and they will get the help they need. Because that is the greatest thing to be able to help people.”

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