Friday 17 November 2017

Lydia's pain, call ourselves a society?

Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

Is that where we're at now? It's a thing you'd find yourself thinking a lot these days. Like when you saw poor Lydia Clery having to parade her family's worries on the main evening news on Friday, previously having had to ring Liveline.

Lydia has better things to be doing right now than talking to the media. She's having a baby in three weeks; she has a two-year-old at home and her daughter Erin, who has a combination of rare chromosomal disorders, epilepsy and heart and bowel problems, is in hospital having palliative care.

As Lydia puts it, Erin is "weak as anything up in the bed. She's really not well." Erin needs 47 syringes of medication a day. One of her epilepsy medications alone costs €70 a box.

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