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    • Janke
    • By Janke 16th Jul 19, 4:18 PM
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    Any international health charities?
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    • 16th Jul 19, 4:18 PM
    Any international health charities? 16th Jul 19 at 4:18 PM
    Hello.


    I'm new to this place and I'm now trying to find information whether or not there are some kind of globally working charities that could possibly help individual with their surgery costs?
    To be more clear, I'd need to have back operated but I can't afford such surgery and I'm looking if there is any possiblity to get some help with it.
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    • MovingForwards
    • By MovingForwards 16th Jul 19, 4:43 PM
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    • 16th Jul 19, 4:43 PM
    How long is the waiting list to have it done for free?
    • Janke
    • By Janke 16th Jul 19, 4:56 PM
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    • 16th Jul 19, 4:56 PM
    I was told that I can't get it done for free as such surgeries are only for serious cases where one would lost their continence (I hope that is the right word for it) or if they wouldn't be able to feel their legs. In my case, since it's "just" pain, it's not considered to be serious even if it basically has taken my ability to perform most tasks required at work palces since both standing and sitting do cause pain.
    • MovingForwards
    • By MovingForwards 16th Jul 19, 5:10 PM
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    • 16th Jul 19, 5:10 PM
    Think your only option is starting a go fund me page, but don't expect too much help.
    • Janke
    • By Janke 16th Jul 19, 5:26 PM
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    • 16th Jul 19, 5:26 PM
    That I did do today. I am aware it's a long shot but after suffering from my condition for several years, I'm ready to grasp at straws too. That's why I'm also interested in knowing if any kind of medical charities exist that could possibly help.
    • Silvertabby
    • By Silvertabby 18th Jul 19, 5:57 PM
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    • 18th Jul 19, 5:57 PM
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    • 18th Jul 19, 5:57 PM
    I was told that I can't get it done for free as such surgeries are only for serious cases where one would lost their continence (I hope that is the right word for it) or if they wouldn't be able to feel their legs. In my case, since it's "just" pain, it's not considered to be serious even if it basically has taken my ability to perform most tasks required at work palces since both standing and sitting do cause pain.
    Originally posted by Janke
    A family member was told exactly the same thing. She then moved to another NHS trust area and had the op within months.
    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 18th Jul 19, 11:19 PM
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    • 18th Jul 19, 11:19 PM
    A family member was told exactly the same thing. She then moved to another NHS trust area and had the op within months.
    Originally posted by Silvertabby
    The OP's location is Finland.
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    • Janke
    • By Janke 19th Jul 19, 10:16 PM
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    • 19th Jul 19, 10:16 PM
    A family member was told exactly the same thing. She then moved to another NHS trust area and had the op within months.
    As it was already mentioned, I live in Finland. That's why asked about internationally working charities since I don't really know any local ones either, that could help. Our public health care tends to take care of basic stuff rather well but when it comes to more complex stuff like my case, then one has fork over some money since surgeries are not provided for free unless it's a serious case and the person is poor. Since I only can check the poor part, I get no help.
    • Jenna Appleseed
    • By Jenna Appleseed 25th Jul 19, 12:00 AM
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    • 25th Jul 19, 12:00 AM
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    • 25th Jul 19, 12:00 AM
    A British based & focused forum isn't going to be much help for you, OP. Sorry.
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    • zagubov
    • By zagubov 29th Jul 19, 11:19 PM
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    Lots of people in the UK who find the waiting lists too long, go to countries like Hungary or Czechia for treatments which are more affordable than here.

    However, back surgery's a serious procedure and you'd need to be sure the provider's got a good reputation.

    As Jenna posted, this forum's probably not the best source of information for this. Most medical charities here are extremely locally-focussed as that's the best way to ensure donations.
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