Woman had life-saving surgery pushed back because Tennessee's hospitals are overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients

Clinicians work on intubating a COVID-19 patient in the intensive care unit at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital in Lake Charles, Louisiana on August 10, 2021. Mario Tama / Getty Images
A Tennessee woman's life-saving operation has been postponed because the hospital is so overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients.
"It's terrifying to have a medical emergency during a pandemic," she wrote in a guest article for the Washington Post.
Tennessee is facing a surge in new cases and has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country, CDC data shows.
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A Tennessee woman's life-saving operation has been postponed because hospitals are currently overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients.
Nashville-based writer Betsy Phillips reported in a guest article in the Washington Post about her trip, which she described as an eight-month medical mystery.
"It is terrifying to have a medical emergency during a pandemic," she said.
In January, Phillips' doctors discovered a lump on the front of her throat that was obstructing her breathing. She should finally have this lump removed in September to restore normal breathing.
Instead, her doctors called a week before her scheduled surgery to cancel because the hospital was so congested with COVID-19 patients, even after being told it would be one of the last surgeries dated due to the severity of her condition Schedule for this reason.
"I'm scared. I'm vaccinated, but a breakthrough would be dangerous for me," she said. “I am deeply disappointed. But mostly I'm angry. I did everything that was asked of me to avoid contagion or spread of COVID-19. I wanted to do my part to end this crisis. Now I ask myself: Are? Are there any circumstances where my neighbors would do the same to protect me? "
Phillips said she was frustrated that her neighbors weren't vaccinated, which led to a new surge in hospital admissions as the highly communicable Delta variant spread - and that these people were given priority treatment.
"I'm still so angry that people who put their feelings above the good of others come first in the hospitals," she wrote.
Tennessee - which has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country at just 43% fully vaccinated - is currently facing a new wave of new cases and hospital admissions for COVID-19, according to CDC data.
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