Saturday 22 July 2017

Transcripts being examined to solve mystery of transplant flight fiasco

Communications errors between various agencies involved is blamed for failure to arrange crucial flight to London

Maeve Sheehan and DON LAVERY

THE inquiry into the botched attempts to get a teenager to London in time for a vital liver transplant last weekend is examining transcripts of recorded calls between the agencies involved.

The recordings were made by the Health Service Executive's ambulance control on the night Meadhbh McGivern, 14, was called from her home in Ballinamore, Co Leitrim, to King's College Hospital, London, for the life-changing operation. The procedure was cancelled because delays in sourcing an aircraft meant that the deadline for performing the operation had passed.

The recordings are believed to confirm that the agencies were not informed they had a deadline of four to eight hours in which to get the child to London. Informed sources claim that contrary to reports last week, the availability of the government jet to transfer the teenager to London was far from certain.

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