Friday 23 June 2017

Worry over losing medical card adds to the heartbreak

It took an election to focus the Government's minds on medical cards for seriously ill and disabled children

LIFELONG CONDITION: Lydia Clery with eight-year-old disabled daughter Eirin, who lost her medical card six months ago
LIFELONG CONDITION: Lydia Clery with eight-year-old disabled daughter Eirin, who lost her medical card six months ago
You never expected to have to turn your house into a hospital wing, did you?
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

Imagine, if you can, this: You are waiting for your perfect baby to be born. The baby comes out, but something seems to be wrong.

It should be one of the happiest moments of your life, but suddenly it seems to go darker. You notice doctor and nurses and midwives looking slightly anxious. They exchange grim, knowing looks. You don't hear crying. You keep asking what's going on. They say nothings to you in a calming, soothing fashion. There are more doctors running in, looking at your baby. You didn't get to hold her yet.

Your nightmare has begun.

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