Woman denied pain medication for her kidney disease

A mother-of-three has been denied the only medication that eases the pain from her kidney disease, leaving her in extremely poor health. 

For 10 years Linda Fenn has battled against the West Coast District Health Board in New Zealand in a fight for access to pethidine - a drug that prevents pain signals reaching the brain. 

'If I was an animal and I was found like this, there would be an uproar... but I'm laying on a bed and no one cares, and no one is speaking up for me,' she told the NZ Herald. 

Mother-of-three Linda Fenn (pictured) has been denied the only medication that eases the pain from her kidney disease, leaving her in extremely poor health

Mother-of-three Linda Fenn (pictured) has been denied the only medication that eases the pain from her kidney disease, leaving her in extremely poor health

Since defending her access to the medication in 2008 she has faced ongoing turmoil attempting to justify its necessity to her doctors.

She was born with medullary sponge kidney and nephrocalcinosis, causing her to often pass kidney stones in immense pain. 

'Anyone who's ever had a kidney stone will tell you it's the cruellest pain you'll experience. It's indescribable, the stones travelling down the tubes,' she said. 

Medical officials first became weary of her use of the drug as it can cause neurotoxicity and wanted to manage her access to it more closely.

Her arguments against doctors only encouraged their concerns, who then said she was 'drug seeking' causing Ms Fenn further anguish. 

'If I was an animal and I was found like this, there would be an uproar... but I'm laying on a bed and no one cares, and no one is speaking up for me,' Ms Fenn (pictured) said

'If I was an animal and I was found like this, there would be an uproar... but I'm laying on a bed and no one

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