Monday 19 February 2018

Teen (15) who collapsed battling floodwaters 'walked across the road' for care after hours on hospital trolley

Bridget with her sons Philip (15), Luke (16) and Jake (15) and their home in Clonlara
Bridget with her sons Philip (15), Luke (16) and Jake (15) and their home in Clonlara
Bridget with her sons Philip (15), Luke (16) and Jake (15)

David Kearns

A boy rushed to hospital after working around the clock to protect his home from floodwaters sat on a trolley for three hours before walking across the street to a local GP for treatment.

Brave Philip Kinsella (15) suffered a serious asthma attack as he lay down more than 500 sandbags around his mother’s home in Clonlara, County Clare, as an overflowing River Shannon threatened to flood the property.

The teenager, along with his twin brother Jake and older brother Luke (16), made headlines for the determined defence of their home.

On Sunday however, Philip became weak and suffered an asthma attack after spending most of the evening filling sandbags.

“I couldn’t breathed so my mother called an ambulance… when they arrived, they gave me oxygen and a nebulizer for about a good hour,” he told host Jonathan Healy on Newstalk’s Lunchtime.

“Afterwards I was brought to a regional hospital.”

Philip Kinsella (15)
Philip Kinsella (15)

Despite having arrived by ambulance and continuing to have difficulty breathing, the 15-year-old said he was left waiting on a trolley for some three hours.

“I was so tired from all the work I had been doing, I fell asleep.

“My mother kept an eye on my breathing and she knew I was wheezing so she went out and rang the Shannon Doc, a few minutes later she came back in and walked me across the road.”

Philip told Newstalk he was seen “straight away” by the doctor across from the hospital.

“I was given a nebulizer and was in and out in 15 minutes,” he added.

Praising the efforts of her son, Bridget Kinsella said she wished his deceased father “could have seen him”.

“I cried solid for two days because I felt so sorry for the lads as they’ve had to play the role of men ever since their father died,” she told Lunchtime.

“I was so upset they were consoling me rather than me checking to see if they were ok.

“They really just got stuck in and helped and helped. They’ve been so good and kind to me, it really made me wish their father could be here to see them.”

Ms Kinsella went on to thank "the kindness of strangers", saying the family-of-four had been overwhelmed by the support from their neighbours and the surrounding area.

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