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A grandmother suffering from valve disease is in dire need of money to pay for a dental operation before she can undergo potentially life-saving open-heart surgery.

Linda Webber, who suffers from a severe case of aortic stenosis, has described her worry as the clock ticks down before she has to pay for her private dental appointment next month.

The 67-year-old had previously undergone surgery in February, after breaking her back in a fall at her home in Peregrine Close, in Diss.

Linda Webber must pay to have two teeth removed before she can have her heart surgery. Picture: Mark Bullimore.
Linda Webber must pay to have two teeth removed before she can have her heart surgery. Picture: Mark Bullimore.

Shortly after the initial procedure, she started to have breathing difficulties.

At that point, doctors told her that her aortic stenosis had become so severe that she would now need urgent valve replacement surgery, or risk losing her life.

During a check-up in preparation for her second operation in less than five months, doctors discovered that she had two broken teeth – and warned her that she could not undergo the surgery until they had been extracted.

Linda Webber must pay to have two teeth removed before she can have her heart surgery. Picture: Mark Bullimore.
Linda Webber must pay to have two teeth removed before she can have her heart surgery. Picture: Mark Bullimore.

“They said they can’t do it before the dental treatment,” said Mrs Webber, who made the move to Diss back in 2004, from her native South Africa.

“They told me they will have to schedule the operation for two weeks after my treatment because otherwise it could cause an infection.”

Unable to get an appointment in such a short space of time through an NHS dentist, Mrs Webber was left with no choice but to go private, leaving her with a whopping £918 bill that she must pay before she can be seen to.

Having forked out £86 for X-rays and check-ups, she has now been booked in for two appointments on July 8 and July 21 – leaving her with two weeks to cough up the cash or risk seeing her vital heart surgery postponed.

Linda Webber must pay to have two teeth removed before she can have her heart surgery. Picture: Mark Bullimore.
Linda Webber must pay to have two teeth removed before she can have her heart surgery. Picture: Mark Bullimore.

She said: “When I come home after the operation, I’m going to need to pay for an electric recliner, too, because I won’t be able to lift myself off a chair.

“It’s all too much. It’s a scary operation itself, but I just need to get through it.

“At the moment, if I can’t get my teeth fixed, I won’t be able to have the operation.

“If I don’t have the operation, my heart valve will get worse, my heart will get larger and I will deteriorate and die.”

The grandmother-of-eight added: “I’m scared and I’m worried.

“I’m very close to my grandchildren – I see them all the time, so that’s what worries me the most.”

She has since set up a fundraising page to pull together the funds needed to pay for her dental operation.

So far, she has raised £100, but is still more than £800 shy of the amount needed.

“I’m worried about it but I don’t really know what else to do,” she added.

Anyone wishing to donate to Mrs Webber’s fundraiser can do so by going online to www.justgiving.com.

Search for ‘Linda Webber’, where you will see her fundraising page under the section titled ‘Crowdfunders’.



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