Kira finally had her surgery, only to be left in agony
Kira Carberry (13) may have finally got the operation she needed - but only after years of setbacks and deterioration to her scoliosis condition.
Kira, from Longford, was on a waiting list for 16 months before her initial operation.
During her second operation, rods were placed on her spine to keep it straight, but a pin at the top of her back that had been holding her spine together, broke.
"The spine was able to grow free again, there was nothing to hold it in place and it curved," her mother, Alice said.
After a six-month wait between June and December last year, Kira received corrective surgery.
"Because the pin was broken, the rod came from the inside out of her body and she had to get that rod replaced.
"She was put on the waiting list and we were told there would be no date before January of this year, but at the end of November, the rod eventually broke through her skin so she had a huge infection," she added.
The protracted process has resulted in Kira missing many school days.
She can only go to school for four half-days each week - six weeks after the operation.
"In her first term in school she's missed 78 days," Alice said. "She's trying her best to catch up but she's missed out on so much so it will probably take her a while," she added.
During the RTÉ Investigates programme, Alice said Kira had lost her confidence.
"She's still at the very early stage of recovery, it's only a fortnight since she's been off the morphine," Alice said.
"She missed out on so much, she used to see her friends getting ready and going off to discos and going down the town for an hour and she couldn't do it.
"If she went off anywhere she'd have to come home within half an hour because she just wasn't able.
"It wasn't supposed to happen in the first place, there's always that worry that it will happen again because her curve was so big in the first place," she added.