Tuesday 11 December 2018

'Actions speak louder than words,' says mother

Darragh Cahill, from Kilkenny, with his mother Claire Cahill. Photo: Maxwell Photography
Darragh Cahill, from Kilkenny, with his mother Claire Cahill. Photo: Maxwell Photography
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

The mother of a boy who faced an agonising wait for scoliosis surgery has questioned the cost of roadshows and focus group meetings held to come up with a name for the new National Children's Hospital.

Claire Cahill, of Kilkenny, whose son Darragh endured a long delay before getting surgery, said that many children with scoliosis are currently unable to have surgery in Ireland due to a lack of resources.

Ms Cahill, who founded the group ScolioNetwork, said: "Actions speak louder than words."

The name 'Phoenix' in the title of the new hospital, to be opened in 2022, was "cited as being unifying", she said.

"However, there is nothing unified about scoliosis care in this country," she added.

A spokeswoman for the children's hospital group said: "Our new name was selected after a nine-month comprehensive and inclusive process."

Children and their families contributed to choosing the name.

"The name Phoenix Children's Health was selected and recommended in May 2017 to the Children's Hospital Group Board, who were proud to endorse it," she said.

Irish Independent

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