Sunday 19 November 2017

Mother of man (29) who battled agressive tumour for more than eight years pays tribute to 'smiling son'

The mother of a man who battled a tumour for more than eight years paid tribute to her “smiling” son.

David Corbet (29) played squash at an international level. He led a very active life, until he lost his battle with an aggressive tumour on March 31.

His grieving mother Marianne told RTE’s Liveline today: “He smiled the whole time... He was just always a very happy child, a very happy adult.”

“Even the first time round when the doctor told him not to go back to UCD - to take a year out. He said ‘what would I do all day?’ and he went back to UCD with the help of the disability department, which were fantastic.”

“His surgeons were absolutely brilliant. They really looked after him and they tried even to see if he could go abroad but there was nowhere for us to go.”

David was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2006. He underwent radiotherapy in Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, and while doctors removed 98pc of the tumour, they predicted the cancer would return.”

In 2011, when David was due to fly out to join his parents for a family holiday in Portugal, he had a seizure in Dublin airport.

“[Ryanair staff] offered him every assistance but in the end he went into Beaumont hospital. He had surgery again to get the tumour in 2011.”

“He was terrific and he had fantastic friends who supported him all the time. His friends came in rotas, and in the end he had friends here nearly every night.”

“They’d watch television together, or when he was well enough they’d take him out for lunch, or take him out for a drive.”

“Even ten days before he died we went to the zoo in his wheelchair.”

“In the end, we opted to keep David at home. They would have preferred that we went into the hospice, but we kept him at home and he died at home.”

Marianne also paid tribute to Ryanair on Liveline. She said the airline had facilitated her son in every way during his illness.

“They offered to let him board up front. They offered to change his flights free of charge...I just feel that credit is due... when he was using the disability services on the flight, it was brilliant.”

“[If we had to cancel a flight], we’d get an email to say the money will be refunded into your account in three to five days.”

“We always knew his prognosis was bad. We always felt that we would give Ryanair press.”

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