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Monday 19 March 2018

Girl (18) awaiting hospital bed to save life

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Stock photo: Getty

Ciara Treacy

An 18-year-old girl in need of a live-saving operation will die unless she can be transferred to a hospital which will carry out the surgery, her brother has said.

Breda Kevane, who is currently in an induced coma at Kerry University Hospital, is awaiting urgent surgery on her airways to save her life.

However, she must first be transferred to an available bed at Cork University Hospital or University Hospital Limerick, according to her brother Paddy Kevane.

Mr Kevane said his sister - who turns 19 in two weeks' time - is likely to die in the coming days unless she can get a bed in one of the hospitals.

"The issue at the moment is that every hospital is overflowing and she can't get a bed," Mr Kevane told 'The Right Hook' on Newstalk.

Intensive care

"The problem is, she needs a special operation done to help with her airways and because Kerry General Hospital cut back with all the cutbacks and everything, she'll need to be transported to either Cork University Hospital or Limerick.

"There is no bed available.

"If she stays in Kerry for another two or three days, the most likely outcome is that she'll die," he said.

His sister's doctors have told him that they are trying their best to facilitate Ms Kevane.

"What he [the doctor] is saying is, 'we're trying our best to get a bed for Breda, we're doing everything we can'."

He said the family would consider travelling to Dublin or Belfast for the surgery but that they feel Ms Kevane "wouldn't make it" that far.

"The closest and safest bet would be taking her to either Cork or Limerick and that's as far as they're willing to go with her.

"My parents are devastated. They're trying everything they can and at the moment this is all I can do, to go public with it."

In response to the situation, the HSE said it would be inappropriate to comment on individual cases but that it has contacted the two hospitals involved to get an update on their overall situation.

"It is inappropriate for us to comment on individual cases. We would advise the individual who contacted you to speak directly with the patient's medical team," the statement read.

"We have contacted the two hospitals involved to get an update on the overall ICU situation but we would stress that patients are prioritised on the basis of clinical need."

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