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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Double joy as locked-in patient David sets wedding date

Published 16/04/2014 | 12:38

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David with (from left to right) his fiance Bernadette Dolan, mum Rose, sister Lynn Flood, Lynn's husband Kyle and David's dad Philip, on Lynn and Kyle's wedding day. Picture: Ciara Wilkinson.

It's a double celebration for locked-in patient David Garvey, as his fiancee has revealed that a date has been set for their wedding.

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Mr Garvey (33) has been in Beaumont Hospital for 15 months after a brain injury left him paralysed and only able to communicate using his eyes.

Despite initial reluctance on the part of the HSE to grant his wish to come home, his family was informed last Thursday that funding had been secured to allow for home treatment.

Now his fiancée Bernadette Dolan has revealed that a date has been set for their wedding -- September 2015.


"To have him coming home is better than winning the lotto," Ms Dolan told the Herald. "We have set a date in September 2015," she added.

She explained the wedding would take place in her home town of Navan, Co Meath.

Ms Dolan, who has been a care assistant for the last 18 years, will look after Mr Garvey when he returns home.

She said he will at first go back to his parents' home in Dundalk, which has already been converted for wheelchair access.

"We'll need to get a generator, a ventilator and suction machine," she said of the preparations required before he returns.


Speaking about the HSE's reluctance to allow Mr Garvey to come home, she said she couldn't understand it, but wanted to move on with their lives.

"You can't live in the past, you have to look to your future," she said.

Speaking after it emerged Mr Garvey would be allowed to go home, his sister Lynn Flood expressed her delight.

"We never thought we would get David home alive; we thought he would only come home in a coffin. This is unbelievable news for us," she said.

David has, with his family's help, been writing letters to the HSE begging them to allow him return to his Dundalk home.

They needed the HSE to fund 24 hour nursing care for him and last week the family got the news they thought they would never come.

"We went to the Dail last week to meet with local politicians and the national director of disability services with the HSE, Pat Healy, was there. They told us we had got the funding. It is unbelievable, it shows the HSE does listen," said Ms Flood.

Evening Herald

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