A MAN who needs a double lung transplant to see his two young daughters grow into adulthood has been refused a loan for just €2,500 by his bank.
Ballyheigue resident Doc Tanner told The Kerryman he was refused a loan for the amount by the same bank he has been with for years.
A father of two young girls with wife Samantha, the 58-year-old said he was left feeling 'worthless' by the bank's decision.
Mr Tanner has severe emphysema and suspected cancer on one lung and relies on a 24/7 supply of oxygen from a gas bottle backpack.
Because the gas bottle is classed as an explosive, he is not allowed on public transport. The loan he requires is for a car so as to get to his regular hospital appointments in Cork University Hospital.
"We've been with the bank for years and took out a five-year loan for €5,000 that's nearly up," Mr Tanner told The Kerryman. "We've never missed a payment, not one on it. I recently went into the bank to enquire after a loan for €2,500.
"We need it for a car to drive to Cork. I can't take public transport because of the bottle and I can't afford taxis. The car I have at the moment just keeps breaking down but I could get one with the loan.
Mr Tanner said the bank manager he met in Tralee was very sympathetic. "He said he could see how much we needed it and how we had never missed a payment ever and sent off the application to the head office in Dublin. We couldn't believe it when we found out they wouldn't give the loan.
"I think it's a disgrace. I'm not looking for sympathy or anything, I stand on my own two feet as much as I can but I have two young girls and a young wife who doesn't drive and my family needs me.
"I feel worthless, just like a rag that's been cast aside by the decision of the bank."
Meanwhile, Mr Tanner's only hope of seeing his girls become adults is a double-lung transplant - but he is not eligible for it in Ireland. His only real hope now lies in the UK where he is entitled to the operation.