Wednesday 17 January 2018

Transplant Maeve relieved to be back home in ‘her own hospital’

Return home: Meadhbh McGivern
Return home: Meadhbh McGivern reporters

THE father of Meadhbh McGivern has spoken at the family’s relief to have his daughter back in Ireland. "Maeve is relieved and it is good to be back home, and in ‘her own hospital’ as she calls it," Joe McGivern said.

The teenager was flown home on an air corps flight at tea time yesterday and transferred by the HSE from Casement Aerodrome in Baldonnel to Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin.

“We are looking forward to eventually getting home and back to normal life. It will be this morning before her consultants can give her the once over. I cannot foresee her being here too long though,” he said.

The 14-year-old finally received a liver transplant last month. Authorities failed to get her to London for surgery in July after a series of administrative blunders that led to her missing the narrow window in which she could get to London for surgery.

Responding to reports earlier in the month that his daughter might have to be flown home on a commercial flight after her surgery, McGivern said he would never have allowed that scenario to happen.

“I would not have personally allowed her to fly commercial. The medical authorities all tell us to avoid public areas over the high risk of infection for Maeve, and after getting a gift of life, I was going to take as many precautions as necessary and get her back in the safest and most stress free way for all concerned,” he said.

The HSE made arrangements with the family to fly the Leitrim teenager and her parents back to Ireland at the weekend.

The relieved father said the family were delighted to have her back in Ireland: “You know you are home when you see the rain.”

Irish Independent

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