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Tuesday 12 December 2017

'I would give my life for anyone to donate a liver for Charlie' - Mum devastated as doctors say she can't save her sick son (8)

Helen Lynch with her son Charlie (8)
Helen Lynch with her son Charlie (8)
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

The mother of a seriously ill eight-year-old boy received the devastating news that she may not be able to save her sick child.

Helen Lynch from Tullamore, Co Offaly, was planning to donate her liver to her son Charlie but she was told on Monday during her final assessment that her liver isn’t big enough to use.

The mum-of-two was told that if she intends to go through with the operation, she is putting both her life and her child's life at risk.

Doctors have asked her to wait another three months in the hope that they will find a liver to save Charlie’s life.

Helen who is currently in King's Hospital in the UK told The Midlands 103 Today Show that Charlie desperately needs help.

"Unfortunately not good news. We had what we thought would be our last appointment before the kidney transplant but it didn't go so well.

"I was brought into a room and told that my liver was perfectly healthy but the part Charlie needs I'm lacking in size. There's not enough to split between two people.

"They're going to try and find a new donor but we're waiting a long time and it's not going to happen."

Helen said that at the moment, Charlie is stable, but he's deteriorating every day.

"At the moment he's stable but he's deteriorating on the inside. He has swelling, dizziness, headaches and everything.

"If he doesn't get another donor I'm going to give him a fighting chance and give him 20pc of my liver in hope it works.

"They've highlighted the risks to me and they've said the outcome wouldn't be good for Charlie. He would be better getting a donor but there's no guarantee."

Helen has another son, who she has to make arrangements for if she undergoes the surgery.

"I'll have to transfer my guardianship of my other son to another family to look after him in case the worst comes. Charlie can't wait anymore."

Helen pleading with the public to become organ donors in the event that anything happens as "children are dying waiting".

"It's heartbreaking to think that there just aren't enough organs going around. There was another poor little boy that died recently waiting on a heart transplant."

Helen said that eight-year-old Charlie "knows to an extent" what he is facing.

"I want him to live a normal life but for now it's not looking good.

"I would sell my soul for a donor. I would give my life for anyone to donate a liver for Charlie. It's heartbreaking. I can't sleep not knowing what's happening.

"The donor has to match Charlie. It can't just be anyone off the street unfortunately."

Helen said she agreed with doctors to wait three months in search for another donor before she undergoes the transplant surgery in the hope of giving Charlie some chance at life.

"It will be my decision to make and we'll have to make arrangements for an outcome we might not like.

"My life has been based on my kids. It's going to affect us so much over the next coming months watching him deteriorate, whether he makes it three months or not.

"Kids are dying every day waiting on organ donations. It's heartbreaking."

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