Operation would fix me so why can't it be done? asks Megan (13)
"I was told surgery can fix me, why can't it be done?" - this is what scoliosis sufferer Megan Halvey-Ryan asks her mother every day through her agonising pain.
Megan (13) hasn't been to school since before Christmas. Even then her attendance was on and off, as she struggled to cope with sitting in an unsuitable chair and lugging a heavy school bag around.
From a 20-degree curve in her spine two years ago, the severity of the curve has quadrupled, according to her mum Sharon, who appeared on the RTÉ Investigates programme 'Life on the List'.
Megan, from Dooradoyle, Co Limerick, is still a long way down the waiting list and while a consultation at the end of the month may offer some hope, Sharon is not holding her breath.
"We have no indication of surgery. All I'm told is that there are a number of people on the waiting list ahead of her," Sharon told the Irish Independent last night.
"The review is with her consultant on February 28. There's physical change in Megan since she had her last X-ray done in June 2016 - which was the comparative X-ray shown on the show.
"I'm hoping that when he (the consultant) sees the deterioration she might be bumped up the list a bit regarding her urgent needs, but I honestly don't know what way the list is managed," she said.
Megan is on medication to help her sleep with the pain and cannot live the life of a regular teenage girl.
"Her basic reality is, 'I was told surgery can fix me, why can't it be done? and she keeps on saying 'how bad do I have to get before it can be done, mum?' and I have no answer for her because I don't know the answer," Sharon said.
"As of now we have no indication of a date whatsoever.
"I know those surgery lists are done up in six-week plans, so she's definitely not on the next plan, because they give you up to four weeks' notification of a surgery date. She was put on a waiting list and that's it, she's very down," she said.