July 31, 2021

‘Tommy can no longer go to school and must wear a medical mask’ – mother pleads with Simon Harris to step in as son’s operation cancelled for eighth time in two months

A  seven-year-old boy who is waiting on life-saving heart surgery has had a planned operation cancelled for the eighth time since November.

Tommy  Kinsella’a mother has now urged Health Minister Simon Harris to step in after the procedure was delayed again this week after he had arrived to Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin (CRI)

Nóirín Kinsella, who is from Wexford Town, posted an open letter to the Wicklow TD on Facebook asking him to intervene.

“Tommy can no longer go to school and must wear a medical mask in public along with nasal medication in a bid to keep him safe from infection.

“Tommy has been rushed to our general hospital in Wexford three times over Christmas with low oxygen levels and blood pressure.

“These cancellations have all been due to the bed shortage at the hospital, emergencies and the general understaffing of cardiothoracic surgical teams”.

CRI (formerly Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin) has apologised to the family and said it “sincerely regrets any deferrals of their child’s surgery”.

“This child’s surgery was deferred due to other unplanned emergency cardiac surgery cases taking priority in the hospital,” it added.

The hospital has confirmed that Tommy’s elective surgery has been rescheduled for next Wednesday, 15 January.

Tommy has a congenital heart defect and had his first heart surgery at 11 months and was due to undergo an operation to repair or replace his mitral valve.


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