Health

Thursday 21 August 2014

Locked-in sufferer to get 24-hour home care

David with (from l to r) 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.
David with (from l to r) 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.
David Garvey before he suffered his brain injury. Picture: Ciara Wilkinson
David Garvey before he suffered his brain injury. Picture: Ciara Wilkinson

THE family of a man with 'locked-in' syndrome has spoken of their joy after the HSE changed its mind and decided to fund 24-hour care for him at his home.

David 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.

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

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

David went on Facebook last night to tell everyone the good news and to thank them for their support. "I have been granted full funding to return home!! My surprise at the news, broke to me by my family, was a welcome one".

His delighted sister Lynn said: "To us this is like winning the lottery and David and his fiancee Bernadette can now continue with their wedding plans."

The HSE will work with Beaumont Hospital to work out a programme that will see David transferred, in stages, to two hospitals in Co Louth and then finally to his home on St Nicholas's Avenue in Dundalk.

Irish Independent

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