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'My husband had hearing loss in one ear and I went blind in one eye. We’re both left waiting for surgery'

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Stressful time: Joanna Gillan and her husband John Syrigos with son William

Stressful time: Joanna Gillan and her husband John Syrigos with son William

Stressful time: Joanna Gillan and her husband John Syrigos with son William

A Kildare couple have told of their nightmarish ordeal when they could not get a specialist appointment for sudden deafness during the current crisis despite contacting more than 20 doctors.

John Syrigos and his wife Joanna, who live in Timolin with their son William, eventually had to go to Belfast to get an MRI scan to find out what was causing the loss of John's hearing in one ear.

"It highlights the challenge many people are having in accessing emergency treatment despite government assurances that those in need can access care," said Joanna.