Sunday 4 December 2016

Budget voices: Mum of teen on waiting list is sceptical

Patient waiting for treatment: Chloe Weinand

Published 12/10/2016 | 02:30

Frauke Weinand and her daughter Chloe who was diagnosed with severe scoliosis in 2014 and is still waiting for treatment, at their home in Glann, Co. Sligo
Frauke Weinand and her daughter Chloe who was diagnosed with severe scoliosis in 2014 and is still waiting for treatment, at their home in Glann, Co. Sligo

The family of a teenager who has been waiting for scoliosis treatment for two years are sceptical about the impact of further investment in tackling waiting lists.

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Chloe Weinand (13) has been due treatment for severe scoliosis since she was still in primary school.

Her mother, Frauke (above, with Chloe), is now anxious that her daughter will have to wait even longer to undergo spine-correction procedures - potentially interfering further with her education.

"She was told in July this year that it would be another 15 months before she could even get a date for treatment," she said.

"Once she gets the date, it could be another 15 months after that before she gets the treatment.

"I wouldn't be too hopeful about waiting lists after the Budget," she said. "It's good news, but there's only so much you can hope for."

Frauke does not have private health insurance and pays for all medical appointments herself.

"It puts a lot of pressure on us," she said. "Anything we earn, we then spend on appointments - €40 for a doctor and €100 for hospital visits generally."

Chloe is now in second year and Frauke says her condition affects almost every aspect of her school life.

"She'll be able to sit down for the first class, but she won't be able to keep sitting for the rest of the day.

"She has to stand up for the rest of the class.

"Chloe can't really participate in PE or other activities with her classmates.

"She really enjoys home economics and cooking. But you know when you're young and you can't go and do the same things as your friends, it can be hard."

Frauke is now concerned about the impact that waiting for treatment will have on Chloe's Junior Cert.

Irish Independent

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