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Wednesday 21 March 2018

Teen who 'had to appear on TV twice' to get vital op scheduled has surgery delayed

Limerick teenager Megan Halvey-Ryan suffers from scoliosis – an abnormal curvature of the spine. Photo: RTÉ
Limerick teenager Megan Halvey-Ryan suffers from scoliosis – an abnormal curvature of the spine. Photo: RTÉ Newsdesk Newsdesk

A brave teenager who helped expose the reality of waiting for life-changing surgery in Ireland has had a vital operation postponed.

Megan-Halvey Ryan (13), who appeared in RTÉ'S 'Living on the List' programme, left the nation moved and angry when she revealed the extent of her pain as she waited for surgery.

The Limerick teen, who suffers from scoliosis (an abnormal curvature of the spine) was booked in for surgery in Our Lady's Hospital in Crumlin next Thursday.

However her mum Sharon told that the date has now been moved until March 23 due to an emergency which has had a knock-on effect on Megan's date.

"Again it's not guaranteed if another emergency takes precedent," she said.

The family are hoping to find out more today.

Megan was informed of her surgery date on the same day she appeared on the Late Late Show with host Ryan Tubridy.

Her mother has since said she believes that  without her appearances on TV Megan could have been left waiting.

"I know Megan wasn't scheduled for any surgery, as I was ringing Crumlin Children's Hospital everyday continuously, so I don't know where the order came from but I know the hospital had to have been told by someone high up that 'she's not to go on the Late Late without a date after the documentary," she said.

"It frustrates me so much as a mother because no mother ever wants to put their child on TV, to expose their private life like that, particularly as Megan is a teenager, she needs privacy."

Courageous Megan has been candid about her condition allowing photos of her spine to be shown on TV, as well as speaking honestly about her condition.

A spokeswoman for Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin said:

"Megan was given two provisional dates for her scoliosis surgery (9 and 23 March 2017) by the hospital.  The provisional date for 9 March is not now possible due to a more urgent case that has now been scheduled for that date.

"Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin regrets that Megan is now being offered her second provisional date for surgery which is 23 March 2017.

"Megan is attending the out patients department today to be assessed by her medical team."

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