The mother of a sick toddler who needs 24-hour care – and cannot go home for Christmas – has been overwhelmed by offers of help from listeners to RTE’s Liveline.
Little Liam Mc An tSaoi was born prematurely at 23 weeks and has spent his whole life in Crumlin hospital and he now faces his fourth Christmas in hospital.
His mother Louise contacted RTE's Liveline desperate to get funding from the HSE and to beg Health Minister James Reilly to allow her to bring her son Liam home to Galway to be nearer his family.
Herself and her family are at breaking point, due to the strain of constant hospital visits and the amount of time spent away from home.
However, listeners to RTE have told the mother that they would like to help her in her hour of need.
One mechanic has said that her car will be serviced whenever she needs it.
Bill with Nice to Eat family run catering business offered a full catering service of fresh food including ham, turkey and pudding over the Christmas period –,
“You are not on your own – I assure you,” he said. “You will never be alone again.”
Tony Kealy of Kealys in Walkinstown who offers a wide range of children’s car seats suitable for all children and cars.
“We want to get the right one to fit them. Anything that is in our shop is at their disposal.”
Andrew O’ Halloran from Tipperary said “I would like to set up a fund called ‘Bring Liam Home’.”
He offered to cycle – with his colleagues and friends – from Tipperary to Galway and then a cycle from Galway to Dublin, raising money along the way to get the funds to bring Liam home.
“I’ve heard nothing from James Reilly or the HSE since our call,” Louise said.
Tony Kealy from Walkinstown who specialises in car seats has offered to put a good car seat into Louise’s car, which will be fitted especially for Liam’s weight and her car.