Sunday 25 February 2018

Megan (13) finally gets date for scoliosis surgery hours before 'Late Late Show'

Megan (13) with her mother Sharon Halvey-Ryan on ‘The Late Late Show’ last night
Megan (13) with her mother Sharon Halvey-Ryan on ‘The Late Late Show’ last night
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

Brave Megan Halvey-Ryan (13), who suffers from scoliosis and featured on 'RTÉ Investigates Living on the List', has secured a date for her badly needed surgery.

The youngster shared the news on 'The Late Late Show' last night, alongside her mother Sharon. It comes after waiting two years for the operation.

Due to the pain of her condition - an abnormal curvature of the spine - Megan was unable to attend school. After sharing the news, her mother Sharon said she may be considered cynical but she had questions over why the family received the news hours before they were due to appear on the chat show when, she said, her daughter wasn't on any list to her knowledge.

However, the family are overjoyed that she will finally get the healthcare she needs.

Megan, from Limerick, also spoke about a state-of-the-art operating theatre that has been lying semi-idle in Crumlin Children's Hospital.

A €5m orthopaedic theatre has not been able to function properly for nearly a year due to a lack of staff. Doctors have been carrying out only around two spinal operations a week, despite the demand.

"It makes me really angry because Simon Harris said he is going to get staff in April. If you had staff, why not just open it now? Why do you have to wait until April? Where are these staff going to come out of?" she said.

The brave teenager's story stoked anger around the country when 'RTÉ Investigates' featured her on a show looking at hospital waiting lists and the extent of her pain and discomfort was clear.

Irish Independent

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