Wednesday 26 July 2017

After two years in hospital, Patricia gets gift of a day

Barry Duggan

A BRAVE woman will leave her hospital bed tomorrow and spend her first night at home in over two years.

Patricia Ingle (22) suffered severe brain damage from a viral infection in September 2008 and has since spent every night in hospital.

Tomorrow her family will take her from the high dependency unit in the Mid-Western Regional hospital in Limerick and bring her home for Christmas.

Her father, Pat, said the family have sourced a nurse who is familiar with trachea care which will allow Patricia to spend Christmas with her mother Annette and sisters Melissa and Kiera.

"It will be great. We have the Christmas tree up at home for her and signs welcoming her home and all the decorations. We are all looking forward to it," Pat said.

Originally from Clarina Avenue, Ballinacurra-Weston, Limerick, the Ingle family now live at Farnane, Murroe, Co Limerick.

"The house in Murroe is wheelchair accessible and is equipped with a wet room and a bedroom for Patricia so that all her needs can be taken care of," Pat said.

Earlier this year, Patricia managed to leave the hospital to enjoy a fireworks display at King John's Castle in the city.

A viral infection damaged Patricia's brain stem. As a result, her breathing has to be assisted by a ventilator and she is wheelchair bound.

" We will be bringing her back to the hospital the following day on Christmas night," Pat said.

Irish Independent

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