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Local fundraiser to support Gorey woman get mesh removal surgery in America


Margaret Bolger.

Margaret Bolger.

Margaret Bolger.


A coffee morning aimed at raising funds to allow a Gorey woman receive mesh removal surgery abroad will take place this Saturday, July 30 in the Rock Hall.

Margaret Bolger had vaginal mesh inserted for prolapse in 2013 and said that her ‘life has been put on hold’ by the pain and many other physical complications she believes have occurred as a result of the procedure. Organised by Margaret’s sister, friends and members of The Rock community, the upcoming fundraiser is in support of her efforts to raise the funds to receive mesh removal surgery in America this autumn.

Since opening up about her story in the media and through a visit to the Dail, Margaret said she has received a huge amount of support from people across the community. At the time of publication, her Go Fund Me had raised over €3,000 of her €25,000 goal.

“When I put my story out there, it was such a major thing for me to do,” she said. “The fact that people have been putting this event together behind the scenes is amazing.”

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Through her involvement with Mesh Ireland – a support group for women who have experienced medical complications caused by vaginal mesh – Margaret learned about the specialist clinic in St Louis, Missouri that offers full mesh removal treatment she cannot currently access in Ireland. In recent days, she had a WhatsApp consultation with Dr Dionysius Veronikis who provides the surgery.

"It was surreal. He’s a world-renowned doctor and it was just amazing to speak with him. People might think I am jumping the gun but he is so busy so you kind of have to get the ball rolling. He can take me in October or November so I am going to try to push the fundraiser up until then and can hopefully raise enough for the surgery,” she said. “Dr Veronikis was brilliant. He said all my symptoms are 100 percent related to the mesh. He has done 700 operations so he has seen this before.”

The upcoming coffee morning will take place from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Rock Hall. Refreshments will be provided and there will be a raffle with some big prizes up for grabs. Several other fundraisers in aid of Margaret’s surgery are currently in the pipeline and will be announced in the coming weeks.