A PENSIONER who was injured when she plunged into a 6ft-hole after a pavement collapsed was made to wait more than 60 hours for an operation, it was revealed today.
Irene Duffy, 67, needed a skin graft to replace tissue on her left leg after it was severely wounded when paving flags on Northgate, Almondbury, gave way last week.
But Mrs Duffy was left without food and water for hour after hour after her planned operation was repeatedly delayed.
Hospital authorities have now apologised to her family.
Mrs Duffy, of Snapes Fold, Almondbury, fell into the pit last Thursday.
Today her son Andrew Duffy said he was appalled his mother had been made to wait so long for surgery after her ordeal.
Mr Duffy, 40, of Newsome, said: "Bearing in mind she had just been through a traumatic shock and had had nothing to eat or drink all day, she was then told they would not be operating."
His mother had to be transferred to Bradford Royal Infirmary for specialised surgery to remove skin from her thigh to seal her wound.
But her operation continued to be postponed and she was left without food or drink for 62 hours until she was eventually operated on.
Mr Duffy said: "She is upset and very traumatised.
"We are really annoyed."
A spokesman for Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: "Surgery takes place based on medical priority and during particularly busy times major surgery has to take priority over more minor procedures.
"Unfortunately due to the hospital being busy over Christmas the surgery had to be delayed.
"We apologise for distress caused to the patient and her family and would ask them to contact us about concerns they may have."
The spokesman said it was normal practice to deny food to patients awaiting surgery, but claimed they were offered light food and fluids where there was a delay.