Monday 19 February 2018

'If she stays in Kerry for another two or three days, the most likely outcome is that she'll die’ – man makes public plea for teenage sister's life-saving operation

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A man has made an extraordinary public plea on behalf of his sister who he says will die within the next few days if she doesn’t get a life-saving operation in Cork or Limerick.

Paddy Kevane contacted the Right Hook on Newstalk and said his sister Brenda Kevane (18) will die unless she gets a life-saving operation. He said Ms Kevane is currently in an induced coma in Kerry University Hospital awaiting a hospital bed Cork or Limerick, where she can have a lifesaving operation on her airways.

Mr Kevane told George Hook this evening that “the issue now is every hospital is overflowing and she can’t get a bed in either hospital”.

Mr Kevane told the show that his sister couldn’t travel to Dublin or anywhere beyond Cork or Limerick as she “won’t make it”.

“The issue with travelling to Dublin is that she wouldn’t make it. They think it would be safer if she went to Limerick or Cork.”

While Mr Kevane did not specify what his sister’s medical issue was, he said that he had received his parents’ blessing to go public with the story.

The HSE later issued the programme with the statement stating that it is “inappropriate to comment on individual cases. 

"We would advise the individual who contacted you to speak directly with the patient’s medical team.  We have contacted the two hospitals involved to get an update on the overall ICU situation but we would stress that patients are prioritised on the basis of clinical need

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