As addressed to Maria Leung my Personal Assistant:
You probably know Mathilde had her operation today at the Harley Street Clinic in which Dr Lim successfully removed the tumour from her left lung. Just to say I'm so relieved and will tonight for the first time in a long while sleep easily for once. The Surgeons at the <NHS Hospital> told us it was impossible to remove as it was situated in a really difficult position. I'll never forget the sneer on that Doctors face when he told us we'd never get a Surgeon to do the job. Dr Lim has managed the impossible and saved her with his God given ability. Totally amazing Surgeon, the best.
What a stroke of good fortune connection with you has been. I had phoned several private institutions and none of their Personal Secretaries I spoke to had any answers to my questions. You were the only one with real knowledge. You gave me hope, confidence, really eased my troubled mind and ended my long search for a way out of this problem.
Thank you so much for everything.
Richard Warren, 2017
Since you saved my life on the 13 May 2014 I have sent you an email on each of the anniversaries of that important day. I hope that you and your family are in as good health as I am (see attached photo of me and my daughter Miriam which was taken last Saturday in Germany where we spent the best part of one week), and that you have saved many other lives since we last saw one another on 18 May 2014 when you signed me out of the Royal Brompton Hospital.
I cannot thank you enough for the life-saving surgery you undertook to remove the massive tumour which had grown in my left lung cavity. I send you my love and very best wishes. All my family sends their thanks and regards too.
Erika Dwek, 2017
I have recently had keyhole surgery for removal of my left lung lower lobe with Mr Lim and cannot express the deep gratitude that I was fortunate to come under Mr Lim’s care; a highly qualified, multi talented and gifted surgeon.
Mr Lim has a passion for his work and his unique expertise in this procedure, combined with his calmness, rapport and positive attitude all made for a smooth procedure and process that gave me the confidence to get back to normal life as soon as possible.
The day after surgery he suggested going out for lunch if I felt up to it, so I did! Not far and with good pain control I walked, had lunch with the family and returned to the ward, tired but with a boosted confidence and sense of achievement, all inspired by Mr Lim.
I continue my recovery with only a very small, neat wound as evidence; Mr Lim’s procedure is truly revolutionary. Very thankful to Mr Lim and his team for their kindness and helpfulness, nothing was too much trouble - I always felt I had Mr Lim’s undivided attention. A very gifted surgeon and exceptional person...so very thankful that Dr Beckles referred me to him!
Parmi Kanda, 2017
As much as one can, I found it an interesting journey from diagnosis to now being in the hands of such charming and confidence inspiring professional. I am taking the person who recommended your skills out for lunch. Thank you for getting me over this hurdle with such little pain and loss of fitness.
Euan Harkness, 2017
I cannot thank you enough for the excellent care you have provided for my brother. You are a gifted surgeon and a sincere person and my family and I are grateful that we found you. I appreciate your kindness and support through this difficult period for the patient and for our family and I thank you for your compassion and for the brilliant surgeon you are.
Dr Nada Awada, 2016
May I thank you personally and through you, your team of clinicians and support staff. The consideration, professionalism and support are exceptional from you and your team.
David Matthewson, 2016
I cannot speak highly enough in praise of the total professionalism of the treatment you and your colleagues provided during my short stay in the hospital and the subsequent follow up consultation.
Ian Morton-Smith, 2016
You establish an excellent rapport with patients early on in the appointment. You check the patients's understanding before beginning the discussion and provide them opportunities to ask questions or express any concerns they may have. Patients appear to respond well to this and their trust in you is often clearly communicated. You emphasise the importance of shared-decision making and your role in helping the patient to reach the best decision for them.
Daisy Elliott, 2016
I was very lucky that Professor Justin Stebbing organised for me to see Mr Lim. He took time to explain everything about the operation very clearly to me and as well as obviously being an expert at what he does, he is also cheerful and calm!
I was so happy to be the first lung surgery day patient - I could skipped all the way home! If Mr Lim can get that result from a 55 year old, with the number of operations that I have had and all the bits that are missing from my insides - who knows what he can achieve next?! Soon there could be clinics popping up in all the major cities where people can pop in and have lunchtime lung surgery and then go back to work!
Caroline Van Oss, 2016
I am a 66 year-old non-smoking male and had a nodule located within the ‘clockwork’ of my right lung. I’d had all the tests, scans and a bronchoscopy to try to establish exactly what it was, without success. Due to its location, a reliable biopsy had been impossible to obtain. The best I could hope for from a biopsy would have been either ’it is definitely cancer’, or ‘it probably isn’t’. Either answer would require its removal (together with the middle lobe of my right lung!) because ‘probably’ wasn’t a risk I was willing to take.
I had been offered traditional ‘3-port’ keyhole surgery to be performed by a highly experienced and well-respected surgeon. It would require a 5-6 day stay in hospital. Somehow I felt that perhaps there might be a more modern procedure; one which would get me back to work faster. A friend’s oncologist suggested I speak to Dr Lim who specializes in single-port surgery – in other words, everything he does is done through just one tiny hole. It is all done by remote control, so much so that Mr Lim recommends that his prospective students become expert video game players so that orientation in three dimensions becomes second nature.
Having 10% of my lung removed was, for me, a bit of a major decision. I needed to understand how the lung works. Googling didn’t really help so I came back to Mr Lim for a second consultation and left with a better understanding of what was involved.
My post-operative expectation was considerable pain for a week or two and perhaps a frozen shoulder.
Less than 24 hours after the operation I was walking around and climbing stairs. The drugs ensured I was pain free. The nodule was a carcinoid so the decision to remove it was good.
Less than 48 hours after the operation I was standing on the pavement outside the Harley Street Clinic hailing a taxi to take me home!
I don’t like taking drugs so although I had been prescribed reasonably stiff doses of Paracetamol and Ibuprofen to keep the pain at bay (to be gradually reduced over two weeks), I decided only to take the medication if I was in pain. This is what happened: on the day I left hospital I took four paracetamol in the afternoon and one Ibuprofen. The day after I took two paracetamol. That’s it! Although I could not sleep on the side I’d been operated on for a couple of weeks, I was effectively pain free two days after coming home. The only pain (to the touch) that I did suffer was from the anaesthetist’s cannula in my arm. A clot had formed, it was painful and I needed antibiotics to clear it. The only ‘war wound’ I had was a tiny 5cm scar.
Four days after coming home I was walking a mile twice daily. Three weeks after leaving hospital, I’m back on my bike and doing reasonably heavy country walks. When I asked Mr Lim what the limits are he replied “until you’re breathless”!
Do I notice that I’ve lost 10% of my lung capacity? Not when I’m exercising. Perhaps just the slightest sensation when I’m not but it is gradually going away.
Would I recommend Mr Lim? You will have to make your own mind up by I think that Mr Lim has developed his technique into a fine art. He’s been described as ‘meticulous’ and if my experience is anything to go by, I’d agree.
Michael Falter, 2016
I must complement Mr Lim as I have had remarkably little discomfort and pain after the operation and I am virtually back to normal.
Anthony Harris, 2016
You did a brilliant job and I appreciated your honesty in your advice and your kindness. I would recommend you any time.
Pati Ortegat, 2016
Thank you again for everything you have done. The NHS wrote (my mum) off as a palliative care patient. You saved her life. You are a lion amongst doctors.
Nazia Hussain, 2015
I feel I can’t let the moment pass without acknowledging the fact that not that long ago my chances of me sharing this wonderful day with my daughter and family were negligible to non-existent. I know I am extremely fortunate to have such a professional, dedicated, committed team with such a wealth of expertise and knowledge treating me. So I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you Justin, Jane and the team at the LOC and PGH and Eric and his team at the Brompton for looking after me so well, treating me with kindness, encouragement and a willingness to push the boundaries and give me a chance. It is so much appreciated that “thank you” sounds quite inadequate!
Caroline Emberton, 2015
I am a 70 year old woman who was recently diagnosed with Lung Cancer. The shock caused my hair to turn grey. I lost weight and interest in everything extremely quickly. My family were besides themselves with worry for me. I was given a choice of two hospitals to have my operation and I chose the Royal Brompton. I was put under the care of Dr Lim (Consultant Thoracic Surgeon). Our first point of contact was with Mr Lim's PA Maria Leung who quickly and efficiently arranged a consultation with Mr Lim. I, and five of my family attended an appointment at Mr Lim's clinic and was introduced to Mr Lim and his team wherein Mr Lim explained fully the procedure he would carry out and the prognosis. My family and I came away from the appointment filled with so much confidence and complete trust in Mr Lim's professionalism, which then in turn carried me through the intricate and delicate complicated keyhole surgery in which I had a third of my lung removed.
In a matter of only hours after the operation I was able to walk around the ward to start my recovery process. I can honestly say that I have not had any pain from the surgery and my recovery has been remarkable.
First and foremost I wish to thank Mr Lim and his team for changing my life for which I will be eternally grateful, also the dedicated Nursing Staff on the Alexander Ward including Michael Evans (Lung Clinic Nurse). The standard of care from all the staff is unbelievably amazing.
Once again Mr Lim a great big "thank you" from myself and my children.
Marilyn Faulkner, 2015
Mr Lim, his team and the nurses at the Royal Brompton not only took care of my partner through out his stay but made sure that I was ok and kept us both informed if any medication had to be changed and the reasons why My partner when asked how he felt after the operation simply OK was not enough, they wanted to know if he felt pain, describe the pain and explained the reasons why they needed to know if the pain felt like one thing or another, Nothing was to much trouble. My partner has had 1 or 2 operations in the past-due to heart disease, and i have left the hospitals in the evenings still worried, I can honestly say that I left the Brompton every night including the evening he had just came out of surgery for lung cancer knowing he was in the best capable hands and I had every confidence in them. Mr Lim The Team and the Nurses I cannot Thank You enough for all your hard work and your dedication to saving lives.
Debbie Fievez, 2015
I'm 3 weeks into my recovery after my lung operation and I'm amazed at my recuperation. I'm convinced it is due to the following: a) choosing the right surgeon, b) choosing a surgeon who does key hole surgery with only one incision (only 2.5 inches long!) allowing quicker recovery, c) a surgeon who utilizes modern equipment, innovative ideas and new technology and d) a surgeon who is passionate about giving his patients the best possible operation with the least recovery time. I have always been squeemish about operations and hospitals so it was very comforting to have a surgeon who was personable, encouraging and positive. I was lucky to have a surgeon who is so focused and interested in the lung, this is imperative as I've discovered this is a massive topic on its own.
Rosie Wise, 2015
Over a year ago, in November 2003, Mr Lim asked me to write a testimonial. I still didn't know what approach to take but as so much time as passed and, more importantly, as I never said 'thank you' properly, I have written something about my experience for you to use/ edit or not as you will.
I think that he wanted something about the method. Right VATs upper lobectomy I think you call it. I would say Keyhole surgery. A tiny, tiny incision. I can't understand why there would be a debate. Is there a resistance? The tiny incision has to be the way. It's about speed, quality and cost of recovery.
In November 2013 Mr Lim removed the top lobe of my right lung. This was the second lobectomy that I had experienced. The first , 12 years earlier, had been performed following a diagnosis of lung cancer, the top lobe of my left lung had been removed. I have a scar across my back to be proud of, from under my left armpit to the centre of my back. It had taken 3 months to recover from surgery and return to work part time. I never lost the 'wheeze' whenever I climbed stairs or walked up a slope - people thought I had asthma.
In 2013 the cancer returned. This time it was in my right lung. I was surprised rather than scared. I had no doubt that the operation would be successful so that when I first met you I thought that I was in familiar territory. He explained, amongst other things, the process of the surgery. The incision would be tiny.
I have no idea how common it is for someone to have this operation twice in their lives. My feelings this second time were oddly (?) calm although I understood that it was likely to have an affect on the quality of my life. My lung capacity would be down by 2/5th and aged 65 as I was then that was likely to have an impact.
I went to hospital on the Tuesday, had my operation on Wednesday and I was allowed to go home on Friday. I had a few stitches and a small dressing covering the tiny wound just below my right armpit.
The following day I was up, dressed, and out for a walk. I had to stop 3 times on the hill in the wood near my house but I made it round the block. Following that first walk there were others and then, a week later and after the stitches were removed, I went swimming.
That was a remarkable difference. That tiny incision meant that I was focused, not on healing a wound, but on learning how to breath, be active and recover. That tiny incision meant that I had no fear of injury by going out and living my life. I learned how to listen to my body. I went to Pulmonary Rehab at the hospital and then joined the gym. Aged 65 I recovered faster that I had at 53.
Today, a year later, I am possibly fitter than I was before surgery. Certainly I am doing more exercise.
Thank you. You are doing a remarkable job.
Barbara Love, 2015
Thank you very much for removing a middle lobe from my right lung... The days passed so quickly. I stayed there two nights and three days. You treated me like a queen because I have not had a lot of pain. I had a good time in the Elizabeth recovery and the Alex wards as well.
Chizuko Kimura, 2014
I am sitting here with my mother Erika Dwek, 5 weeks to the day since you undertook the resection. I wanted, on behalf of the whole family, to thank you for undertaking what we recognise was a very difficult procedure. Thanks also to your team for all the care that you have shown my mother. Without this she would never have regained the quality of health that she is now starting to enjoy over the last few weeks.
She has asked me to say “a big thank you” now that the fact she is better and the results have begun to sink in. Without you she would not have had the courage to contemplate managing without the oxygen. We are pleased that the pain control is now good. My mum’s sleep patterns are almost back to normal and she is waking up in the mornings refreshed.
With very best wishes (and many thanks),
Miriam Dwek, 2014
I first met with Dr Lim in March 2014 after a year long search of trying to find the right surgeon to remove my lung tumor. From our initial first appointment I was immediately impressed with Dr Lim's level of expertise and felt confident to book my surgery with him there and then. Being young I was delighted that Dr Lim was able to complete my procedure via keyhole surgery despite the challenges that were presented with my extremely rare condition. This meant limited scarring and a more speedy recovery.
The service I received by Dr Lim and his team was truly second to none. And as for my recovery till this day my friends and family cannot believe how quickly I have been able to get back on my feet. We are now June 2014 and I am back at work already and feel amazing.
Thank you again Dr Lim I am truly grateful!
All the best,
Yolande Letshou, 2014
After the misfortune of receiving my diagnosis of lung cancer in September 2013, it has been my good fortune to have been lucky enough to receive the best of care. My oncologist, Professor Justin Stebbing, recommended me to Eric Lim to undergo a lobectomy on my right lung. After my initial consultation with Mr. Lim, I was very happy to go ahead and entered the Royal Brompton Hospital in Chelsea on the evening of March 17th 2014, underwent the lobectomy via keyhole surgery the following day and was able to go home on the 20th of March. I returned to see Mr. Lim the following week for my follow-up appointment and he was delighted with the result, as was I.
My recovery from the surgery was fast and, apart from some slight discomfort around the (very small) scar area whilst healing, it has been without any problems. I cannot thank Mr. Lim enough. Thanks to him I now have no cancer in my lung - he was able to remove what was the primary cancer by reducing my right lung by one third, using this remarkable keyhole method. He is also an utterly charming man who explained everything to me in a clear, direct way. I only wish that every patient in my condition could be lucky enough to be treated by him.
Loretta Burns, 2014
I would like just to write not only to thank all of you for what you did, but also to clarify what was for me a quite extraordinary experience. The degree of care and concern at every level, which I received, was at times overwhelming…
I almost feel as if my time spent with you was a privilege. My wife was also supported and encouraged in a similar manner. I suspect this experience will stay with me for many years as an example of how amazing human beings can be.
David Elliott, 2014
I would like to thank the Royal Brompton Hospital, especially the staff of Elizabeth and Alexandra wards, Dr Lim and his team for their care and expertise and giving me the confidence to get through this ordeal.
From the explanation of the surgery, to post operative care, all my fears and worries were removed by Dr Lim.
Joseph Kane, 2014
From my first consultation all the way through to my surgery, Dr Lim reassured me and his positivity really helped me to face any fears I had. My family and I thank him from the bottom of our hearts as he made facing my lung cancer and surgery less fearful and his reassurance helped my family to come to terms and understand what needed to be done before and after surgery, Dr Lim and his team are truly amazing.
Angela Roche, 2014
It is exactly a week today since my keyhole lung surgery. I was discharged home on 7 November 2013. I just had one stitch removed by my GP's practice nurse and all is well.
The whole experience has well exceeded my expectation. Upon reflection, a few factors may have contributed to my happy story.
Firstly - information leading to understanding & accepting of my illness - Mr Lim at the ourpatient clinic, together with the hospital doctors and nurses explained everything clearly, complemented by relevant booklets. They also conducted themselves in such an unhurried way that i was comfortable to ask questions. I was also asked lots of questions in order to check my understanding!!
Secondly - I feel both Mr Lim & TC the consultant anaesthetist listened well to involve me in making decision for my treatment and care. My greatest fear was pain. Keyhole surgery and PCA were 2 positive outcomes from such discussion.
Thirdly - Good team work among staff at the Royal Brompton enabled me to receive high standard of service and care. They did not seem to be 'rushed off their feet!!'. I was informed constantly with relevant information, eg what to expect immediately post-op, storage of my belongings, visitors etc...
Fourthly - I had the impression the staff wanted to help me get well as soon as possible. On the first day post-op, the Physiotherapists talked me confidently into getting out of bed and walking unaided the full length of the unit, with deep breathing exercises. This was a huge surprise to me!! The catering staff were kind to offer extra juice drinks & make sure my food was hot!
When I told one staff nurse my legs were itchy due to the tight stockings, she came round with a tube of Aquous Cream and proceeded to massage it on my legs. I told her it was heavenly!!
Mr Lim came to see me twice to encourage me on my progress. I was so pleased he brought Dr Beckles who referred me from Royal Free the second time.
My only discomfort was the dry mouth which stopped me from talking to my family on the first day. While I did not feel nauseated, my appetite did not return until the third day.
My final comment is that the whole experience has been life-changing!! My greatest fear was allayed as I have been totally pain-free throughout. My final word for now is naturally 'Thank You all for Everything'.
Lillian Tang, 2013
I was fortunate to be referred to Mr Lim by another doctor as an emergency patient. I was immediately impressed by Mr Lim's professionalism and the clarity and thoroughness with which he explained how he would treat me. The level of care was simply exemplary and Mr Lim and his team worked together seamlessly with sensitivity and expertise.
When I required elective surgery later in the year, I returned without hesitation to Mr Lim and his treatment was, once again, superb. I can not recommend him highly enough.
Eileen Stuart-Clarke, 2013
I met Dr Eric Lim 6 years ago this December, following a recommendation from the Royal Free. In 1999 my mother had a thymoma removed. In 2007, it recurred along with an aspergilloma. Addenbrooks, Papworth and numerous other doctors had told us that it was inoperable.
We received a phone call from The Royal Free that informed us that Dr Lim would see us at the Royal Brompton Hospital. On our first visit, he told us that he could perform the operation, which he did in January 2008. He saved my mother’s life and I thank God for him every day.
There aren't enough words to fully express my gratitude. He took care of her as if she was part of his own family and if we ever had any concerns he was always there for us. I've never met a more professional, compassionate man. To this day he continues to take amazing care of my mother.
Ana Mikulec, 2013
At initial interview, Mr Lim extracted from me the pertinent historical information he required allowing him to explain, without recommendation, my options. Mr Lim was concise, professional, very informative, and filled me with confidence about my future surgery, using a paper diagram and computer scan. I was not pushed into making an immediate decision which relaxed me, and I was very relieved to hear he had already pencilled-in a date for my operation.
Prior to surgery Mr Lim visited my bedside, explained exactly what was going to happen, and ended by stating when I should be discharged which once again filled me with confidence at a time when I was getting a little anxious.
Mr Lim visited me two days after surgery where he collected information from nursing staff and myself, informed me about the ensuing few days concerning my medication and other general aspects of recovery, then said I could return home.
My follow up appointment was conducted by three of Mr Lim’s staff and I was impressed by the thoroughness of the examination and pleased that Mr Lim was consulted with his feedback, and ensuing discharge, disseminated to me.
Gary Bishop, 2013
I emailed the Royal Brompton Hospital immediately after being told that I had not responded to all the chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments that I had been given since January 2011 and nothing more could be done for me.
The email was my request to be included in any trials being planned that may be compatible.
The following morning I received a personal email from Mr Eric Lim saying that my condition was maybe too advanced for consideration, but he would be very pleased to give me a second opinion as to my condition of lung cancer.
My wife and I met with Mr Lim at the Royal Brompton Hospital on Tuesday 12 September 2013 and had a 45 minute meeting. Mr Lim explained very clearly what could be done and offered a referral to a colleague, Mr Popat, at the Royal Marsden Hospital.
The latest update is that I received the first chemotherapy infusion on Tuesday 12 November on a clinical trial programme that could go on until February/March 2014.
My inclusion on this programme is solely down to Mr Lim initially inviting me to see him for which I am extremely grateful.
Ray Hall, 2013