Friday 15 December 2017

Family plea over proper CF care for teenage son

Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

A MOTHER of a young cystic fibrosis sufferer has made an impassioned plea for the provision of essential services that will prolong her child's life.

Alison Dempsey said her son Matthew (14) was left "hunched over" due to delays in replacing a physiotherapist at Temple Street Children's Hospital after a staff member moved abroad.

Although a new therapist will be appointed, Matthew will now have to wait up to two months before he is seen.

"Up until yesterday the HSE was refusing to replace the physiotherapist. They're now saying they'll find a replacement but they'll have to advertise the position and interview people so we're looking at waiting anything up to two months.

"There's a physiotherapy department in Temple Street but they're stretched to the limit," Ms Dempsey told the Irish Independent from their family home in Raheny, Dublin.

As part of his ongoing treatment, Matthew makes regular visits to the children's hospital where he works with a multidisciplinary team.

She said Matthew is in desperate need of physiotherapy, which helps clear his lungs and enables him to walk with a straight back.

Irish Independent

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