Kidney patient had a bad gut feeling about Dr Vega Vega
TERESE Kerr believes in second chances.
The Gracemere woman said that was why she made a second appointment to see Dr Antonio Vega Vega at Rockhampton Hospital.
Terese suffers from stage four kidney disease and first went to see the urologist two years ago when she and her husband moved up from Sydney.
She said she and her husband waited for four hours before Dr Vega Vega saw them.
When he did come, Terese said he didn't look at her anyway - he simply told her she needed one kidney removed.
Terese said he turned on his heel and walked out as she and her husband collapsed in tears.
"He just looked at the intern's notes," she said.
"We waited four hours for one minute.
"I refused to see him again."
Not one to walk away without a fight, the personal trainer followed her GP's advice and pursued it further.
Terese made a formal complaint and ended up having a meeting with Dr Vega Vega at the hospital.
She said he apologised for not looking at her history.
At Terese's request, she said he referred her to a nephrologist.
The specialist told Terese her body would not have been able to handle the trauma of one kidney being removed, despite it being dead.
But Terese said Dr Vega Vega kept asking if she would have it removed.
She said she didn't feel comfortable with him as her urologist, but she had no choice because she needed to see a specialist regularly.
"My GP gave me a referral to someone in Brisbane, but I couldn't fly down there every six weeks," Terese said. "My husband and I had a pact if anything ever happened to me again, Dr Vega Vega wouldn't be the one to operate on me."
A Rockhampton Hospital spokesperson said they would not comment on individual patient's case, but they were happy to speak with patients.