Monday 25 June 2018

Irish teen (19) at centre of #Bed4Breda campaign has sadly died

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Stock photo: Getty
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

An 19-year-old Irish girl whose brother had lobbied for her hospital transfer to undergo a life-saving operation has died.

Breda Kevane received the attention of national media last month when her brother Paddy highlighted her tragic plight.

Just over three weeks ago, he said that his sister would die unless she was transferred to a hospital that could carry out the necessary surgery.

Breda, who required urgent surgery on her airways to save her life, had been placed in an induced coma at Kerry University Hospital.

Paddy told Newstalk's 'The Right Hook' that his sister - who was 18 at the time - would likely die if she was not transferred to Cork University Hospital or University Hospital Limerick.

"If she stays in Kerry for another two or three days, the most likely outcome is that she'll die," the final year social care student told presenter George Hook.

His heartfelt #Bed4Breda appeal fell on the right ears as Breda successfully got a bed in the Cork hospital's ICU.

But despite delighted her family when she woke up "conscious and aware" from her induced coma just over two weeks, Breda has sadly passed away.

"Just received news that Breda Kevane died this morning. Her plight moved me and sad that we could not do more," George Hook tweeted this afternoon.

At the time of Paddy's initial plea,  the HSE said it would be inappropriate to comment on individual cases but that it has contacted the two hospitals involved to get an update on their overall situation.

"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," the statement read.

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