Tuesday 25 July 2017

Mother and son both spent four days on trolleys

Denise Tuohy Picture: Arthur Carron
Denise Tuohy Picture: Arthur Carron

Ian Begley

A mother and son have both spent four days waiting in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda.

Denise Tuohy (43) says she is "disgusted" by the record levels of overcrowding in hospitals.

She described how her 19-year-old son Adam waited in agony for more than 90 hours in May after cutting his hand badly.

The Louth mother, who has a history of blood clot complications, also spent four nights in the same hospital in 2015 - a case which attracted national attention.

"The record number of people waiting on trolleys across the country doesn't surprise me at all to be honest," she said.

"Three years ago, I had the awful experience of being subjected to a trolley and just two months ago my son went through the same thing.

"Nothing has changed and I'm disgusted at how hard-working people are being treated in this county when they get sick."

Ms Tuohy was charged €75 a night for her son's hospital stay, a fee which she is refusing to pay.

"Adam was in so much pain that he had to go under general anaesthetic twice while being moved around to different wards.

"On two occasions, he had to be seen in the operating theatre, but they still couldn't find a bed for him.

"A dog would have gotten better treatment, so why should I have to pay for his stay?" she said.

Irish Independent

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