My operation in France: Removal of tonsils

The inside story of readers who have had operations in France – and how they found the health service, by Gillian Harvey

When nine-year-old Xavier Hodencq, from Bellac in Haute-Vienne, Limousin suffered from repeated bouts of tonsillitis combined with sleeping difficulties, doctors decided that it was time to act.

His mother, Natalie Hodencq, shares the story of his illness and operation.

Initial symptoms

Xavier’s first bout of tonsillitis was on the day of his first birthday. He continued to develop regular bouts for the following two years, requiring multiple antibiotic treatments.

He also suffered from suspected sleep apnea (apnée – a condition where breathing stops and starts during sleep) due to the fact that his tonsils were over-large.

At the doctor

In 2012 after Xavier, then ...

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