Thursday 21 September 2017

'Charlie is running out of time' - Mum's desperate plea for son (8) who is waiting for liver transplant

Charlie Lynch (8)
Charlie Lynch (8)
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

The mother of a seriously ill eight-year-old boy says that "time is running out" to find him a liver donor.

Helen Lynch from Tullamore, Co Offaly is currently in King's Hospital in the UK with her son Charlie (8).

Charlie is suffering from liver failure and has been on a transplant waiting list for three years, to no avail.

"Time is running out for Charlie. He's deteriorating fast and needs a liver as soon as possible," Helen told Independnet.ie.

She said that doctors are at a loss of what more they can do for the eight-year-old.

The mum-of-two was preparing to give her son a part of her liver, but doctors say her liver isn't big enough to use.

Charlie with mum Helen
Charlie with mum Helen

"Every doctor there shook my hand and it felt like I was being told that there is nothing there for Charlie. My heart broke. I urge people to become donors so I don't lose my baby because of a lack of donors."

Despite years of searching, no suitable liver has ever been found to match Charlie's O negative blood type.

"We had a false call around Christmas last year saying there was a liver suitable for Charlie, but it turned out the liver was too fatty. It was devastating."

Helen said that Charlie isn't sleeping well and he's beginning to fall over.

"I have an older son too, Daniel (9) and he's over here in the UK with us but he'll have to go home to Ireland if Charlie gets any worse because I'll need to focus all my energy on Charlie.

"It will be a nightmare. The two boys are always together so it'll be hard to separate them."

She said she's pleading with the public to raise awareness of the lack of donors.

"We need to get the word out that kids are dying because there aren't enough donors."

The family have also set up a GoFundMe page to help cover the costs of going to the UK, as well as potential money for a donor to fly over for the procedure.

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