Saturday 24 March 2018

Dad who had legs amputated cannot return home until council make house 'accessible'

Jack Lynam with his wife Frances, sons Barry and Jonathan and daughters Hazel and Shauna
Jack Lynam with his wife Frances, sons Barry and Jonathan and daughters Hazel and Shauna

Robin Schiller

A FATHER-of-three who recently had both legs amputated cannot return to his home until the council approves renovations to make it more accessible - a process that will take two years.

Jack Lynam (53), of Priorswood, has been in Beaumont Hospital for the past 14 months as a result of several serious health scares.

In December 2013, he was admitted because of complications with his legs which was caused by a rare blood disorder called Antiphospholipid Syndrome.

The situation became so severe that his family feared he would die, Mr Lynam's son Jonathan said.

"He was released from hospital but soon after that he wasn't being himself. He was hallucinating and all sorts. We didn't know what was wrong with him," said Jonathan. "At one stage the doctors told us that he may not survive, so we were preparing for the worst."

However, his father's condition improved over the coming days. He was taken off the danger list, but the condition of his legs had deteriorated.

"It was weird, because when we heard that he would have to get his legs amputated it was almost a relief because it meant he would survive," said Jonathan.

Mr Lynam eventually had to have both legs removed, but has since made significant improvements.

"Thankfully, he is making steady progress and is due to undergo his much-delayed rehab in the coming weeks in the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire," said his son.

Mr Lynam attended Jonathan's wedding last December, leaving hospital for the first time in almost a year.

Jonathan said it was an emotional day, and that "even the nurses in the hospital were crying because Dad could make it to the wedding".

Unfortunately, Mr Lynam can't return home to his wife and family as the house is not wheelchair accessible.

Various adaptations are needed, including alterations to the toilet and a downstairs washroom.

"We've been told by the council that nothing will be approved until 2017 at the earliest as we are not a priority. If this isn't a priority, what is?" said Jonathan. "I want the situation resolved."

A spokesman for Dublin City Council said they would not comment on individual cases.

Mr Lynam's friends in his hometown of Pullough in Co Offaly have organised a benefit night on March 12 in their local pub in order to highlight his case.


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