| 17°C Dublin

Tragic teenager at centre of bed campaign dies in hospital


Breda Kevane died in hospital with her parents by her side

Breda Kevane died in hospital with her parents by her side

Breda Kevane died in hospital with her parents by her side

A teenage girl whose family campaigned to get her proper hospital treatment has died.

Breda Kevane (19) from Tralee, Co Kerry, was in need of a life-saving operation on her airways. On March 31 last, she was transferred from Kerry University Hospital to Cork University Hospital.

She died in the hospital last night surrounded by her family.

The young woman was suffering from spina bifida and hydrocephalus. Her brother, Paddy, had started a campaign to ensure his sister was transferred to the correct hospital for treatment.

Breda had been in the Intensive Care Unit of Cork University Hospital in recent weeks.


Having been in an induced coma for more than two weeks, Breda had finally awoken and was "conscious and aware" on April 6, providing optimism for her family. However, she died yesterday morning.

In a recent Newstalk interview, Paddy told George Hook that if Breda didn't get a transfer to Cork University Hospital, she would die within a number of days.

"If she stays in Kerry for another two or three days, the most likely outcome is that she'll die," Paddy said.

At the time of the campaign, the HSE said that it would be inappropriate to comment on individual cases.

"We have contacted the two hospitals involved to get an update on the overall ICU situation, but we would stress that patients are prioritised on the basis of clinical need," a HSE statement read.

It is understood the teenager died early on Sunday morning with Paddy and her parents, Kevin and Agnes, by her side.

George Hook paid tribute to the teenager online: "Just received news that Breda Kevane died this morning. Her plight moved me and made me sad that we could not do more," he said.


Tralee councillor, Sam Locke told the Herald his thoughts were with the family at this moment in time after a very difficult period.

"It's very sad news," Mr Locke said. "They had a very hard battle and my sympathies lie with the family," he added.