Friday 24 November 2017

Brave teen Megan (13) has secured a date for her vital surgery after two year wait

Megan and her Mum Sharon on RTÉ's Late Late Show - image via Late Late Show Twitter
Megan and her Mum Sharon on RTÉ's Late Late Show - image via Late Late Show Twitter
Sharon and her daughter Megan Halvey-Ryan (13). Photo: RTÉ
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

Brave Megan Halvey-Ryan (13) who suffers from scoliosis and featured on RTÉ Investigate's Living on the List has secured a date for her badly needed surgery.

The youngster shared the news on the Late Late Show tonight, alongside her mum Sharon.

It comes after waiting two years for the operation.

Due to her condition - which is an abnormal curvature of the spine - Megan was left unable to attend school due to the pain she was in.

After sharing the news her mum Sharon said the she may be considered cynical but she had questions over why the family received the news hours before they were slated to appear on the chat show when, she said, her daughter wasn't on any list to her knowledge. 

However, the family are overjoyed that she will finally get the health-care she needs.


Megan, from Limerick, also spoke about a state-of-the-art operating theatre that has been lying semi-idle in Crumlin Children's Hospital.

A €5m orthopaedic theatre has not been able to function properly for nearly a year due to a lack of staff.

Limerick teenager Megan Halvey-Ryan suffers from scoliosis – an abnormal curvature of the spine. Photo: RTÉ
Limerick teenager Megan Halvey-Ryan suffers from scoliosis – an abnormal curvature of the spine. Photo: RTÉ

Doctors have been carrying out only around two spinal operations a week, despite the demand.

"It makes me really angry because Simon Harris said he is going to get staff in April if he hasn't been any for the past 13 months...If you had staff why not just  open it now? Why do you have to wait until April? Where are these staff going to come out of?," she said.

The brave teen stoked anger around the country when RTÉ investigates featured her on a show looking at hospital waiting lists and the extent of her pain and discomfort was clear.

On Friday she revisited the two years living with her worsening condition, missing school and being in constant pain, telling host Ryan her thoughts during that time:

"Why are you leaving me get this bad, I'm in pain every single day why can't you give me my surgery?"

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