Government has not implemented its palliative care plan.
I had a patient last year, a four-year-old boy, with a type of cancer called neuroblastoma. After initial treatment, the cancer came back, growing in the confined space between his spine and stomach, causing unbearable pain. His mother was a police officer; a strong, stoical woman who had seen a lot, but she was struggling.
After several weeks, using every available drug, including numbing him from the waist down, I managed to get the pain under control, and he died a peaceful death.
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