For the first time in his three years of life, little Liam Mac an tSaoi will celebrate Christmas in his native Galway. A last minute reprieve yesterday by the Health Service Executive will allow the miracle toddler to be transferred to University Hospital Galway within the next two weeks, following their agreement to pay for agency staff to take care of him in an isolated room.
The news has thrilled his beleaguered Clonberne family who have been split up since his birth as a result of his treatment in Crumlin Children’s Hospital in Dublin.
However after years of false hopes and empty promises, his mam Louise is still reluctant to fully celebrate until she sees her son wheeled out of that hospital.
“It’s very positive but no date has been confirmed. They have said they are pulling out all the stops to recruit Liam’s nurses for hospital to follow him home a few weeks later. They have enrolled him in the hospital play school for September and we should be home by Christmas or at least soon after that,” she explained just minutes after the meeting yesterday afternoon.
She was meeting with the director of nursing today (Thursday) to arrange physio, speech and language therapy.
Liam’s plight was discussed in the Dáil on Tuesday evening by Leader of the Opposition Micháel Martin and Taoiseach Enda Kenny who indicated the HSE were making plans to bring him to Galway shortly.
Even though he could be cared for adequately in Galway or at home with 24-hour medical assistant, the HSE last week ruled out a transfer from Crumlin due to a lack of staff to cover another bed in UHG.
Once in Galway, life will return to some sort of normality for the Mac an tSaois. Louise would be at home with her other two boys and husband, and possibly return to her job as secretary in Clonberne National School.
See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.