Having heartbreakingly seen his surgery cancelled eight times since November, the big day finally arrived for 7 year-old Tommy Kinsella.
Tommy, from the Newtown Road, was brought down to theatre at Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin.
Tommy's family, Dad Gary, Mam Nóirín and sister Katelyn, endured an extremely difficult Christmas just gone, which saw him rushed to Wexford General Hospital on three separate occasions. Terrified that he would pick up one of the many viruses doing the rounds at this time of year, Tommy and sister Katelyn were forced to stay home from school, while Tommy wore a mask everywhere he went to protect him.
On the last occasion where the young man's surgery was cancelled, he was left utterly devastated. This led to his mother Nóirín taking action and she penned an open letter to Minister for Health Simon Harris which was shared over 35,000 times on social media. Numerous TV appearances followed and it was this backdrop that Tommy and his family arrived at Crumlin on Wednesday of last week, hopeful that his mitral valve repair/replacement would finally go ahead.
Providing an update, Dad Gary said: 'Tommy got his surgery Wednesday morning and it went very well. On Thursday he was moved from ICU to the ward and he is doing good. He is very sore, but at least he is on the road to recovery.'
'Me,Tommy, Nóirín and Katelyn would like to thank each and every one of you that has supported us so much over the last week. It's amazing what you all have done. We will be forever grateful to you all.'
'We are so happy to have our little boy finally on the mend. It will be a tough few days but he is so strong I know he will do it with a smile. So once again thank you all so much for being behind us all the way and for all your amazing comments and messages.'
Hopes are high that Tommy's recovery will be a short one and he'll be back in school at John's Road playing with his friends in no time.