Whilst visiting me (his girlfriend) in Sweden something that should not happen, happened.
My boyfriend, Ljubomir, fell very ill last week and last Saturday we had to go to the emergency. Ljubo has since before had problems with gallstones and last week he got it again. It comes now and then and usually it passes after a day with rest and painkillers, but not this time. After three days the pain was unbearable, he got fever and could hardly walk.
We drove to the emergency here in Malmö and he got in directly. Bloodsamples were taken and he got strong painkillers through a venous catheter. He was put into the surgical ward for monitoring and I had to go home.
Day 2 he went to check his gallbladder via ultrasound and was diagnosed with acute cholecystitis. First day they thought it was a mild inflammation of the gallbladder but it turned out to be severe.
Day 3 they were making preparations for surgical removal of the gallbladder but another emergent operation went ahed. This day Ljubo was in serious pain and not even morphine would ease the pain. We also got to know that insurance will not cover this since he's had gallstone problems before and this is counted as an already known disease. Going home to Serbia was not either an option, since it would be life threathening to go home. Going in a plane could make the gallbladder explode from the pressure and other options would take too long.
Day 4 he went into operation in the early morning. The operation was expected to take around 2 hours, but due to a heavy inflammation surgery went on for 4.5 hours, and they said it was techincally difficult to get it out.
Day 5-6 was for recovery in the hospital and on the 6th day he was able to return home with me. He now needs to recover slowly and is very fragile. He is happy that the pain and fear of the gallbladder and gallstones is gone but still in pain after surgery. He needs to rest alot, and do breathing excercises every hour due to pressure of the lungs from the operation.
I am so happy that he is well and alive, but so worried how this will be paid. He cant work in this condition, and Serbia is unfortunally a poor country with a pay that doesnt make anyone really able to save any money. No insurance will pay the operation, the Serbian government wont help out and this is very hard to ask for, but please help him.
Ofcourse we know not all are able or willing to give, but if you can just share this, we would be more than grateful! <3 Thank you all so very much!