Dialysis patient struggles to find transport: 'If I don't go I'll die'

Far from her home in Belgium, Christine Lambiotte is struggling to keep herself alive and calls out to the community for help.

After what was supposed to be a visit to Narooma to see her son and future daughter in-law, Ms Lambiotte said she was hit hard with illness and was unable to fly home.

63-year-old Christine Lambiotte stays positive through tough times.

63-year-old Christine Lambiotte stays positive through tough times.

Since September last year, Ms Lambiotte has been in palliative care suffering with cancer, a neurological disorder in her legs and polycystic kidney disease.

She said she's in desperate need of transportation to and from the hospital for appointments three days per week.

"My children, they are working and the timing is no good, they can't take me," Ms Lambiotte said.

"The family had helped me in the beginning but now things have become too hard.

"Until I get my immigration papers in order I am unable to qualify for any community transport," she said.

Hoping for help: Belgian woman Christine Lambiotte is looking for a lift from Narooma to Moruya hospital where she has dialysis treatment three days a week.

Hoping for help: Belgian woman Christine Lambiotte is looking for a lift from Narooma to Moruya hospital where she has dialysis treatment three days a week.

Ms Lambiotte is a dialysis patient at Moruya District Hospital where she said: "Three times a week, the staff at the hospital give me life".

"If I don't go, I will die," she said.

"The team at the hospital have been absolutely wonderful trying to help me find transport; but have been unsuccessful because companies say they don't take dialysis people."

"I have tried calling at least 20 companies and nothing has worked out for me," she said.

I feel like a hair in the soup ... I am stuck and need someone to help me out.

Christine Lombiotte

"They all replied saying, 'oh no, you are not Australian, no you are below 65, and sorry you don't have the right paperwork."

Ms Lambiotte said she is working towards getting her immigration papers in order but the process has been stressful.

"I am extremely weak, and transportation has been a nightmare.

"I feel like a hair in the soup. I am stuck and need someone to help me out," she said.

Despite all of her illnesses, Ms Lambiotte has a positive outlook on life. She wakes up every day accepting the moment and appreciates life.

"I wake up and look out of the window at the view and really accept the moment and be with the moment," she said.

Ms Lambiotte said her dialysis treatment starts at 8am and finishes at 1.30pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Moruya.

"I would love someone to drop me in and pick me up even if anyone wants to take turns," she said.

She has troubles walking without her walking frame, and would need assistance getting in and out of a car.

To get in touch with Ms Lambiotte email: smileforchristine16@yahoo.com or phone Christine on 0473868441.

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