Sick Cork seven-year-old to receive HSE funding for treatment after U-turn decision

Sick Cork seven-year-old to receive HSE funding for treatment after U-turn decision

Seven-year-old Abbey Murphy is to receive funding from the Treatment Abroad Scheme (TAS) for vital medical tests that could help treat her painful condition.

Little Abbey (pictured) has a bladder condition that causes her to vomit her own excrement.

Abbey’s grandmother Kathleen took to RedFM airwaves yesterday, to speak to Neil Prendeville about her granddaughter’s condition and the shock they got when their TAS funding was rejected two days before they were due to fly to London for tests.

Thanks to Cork’s RedFM and the Neil Prendeville Show, €22,000 was raised within 60 minutes to pay for Abbey’s care at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

However, the money pledged by the people of Cork to send Abbey for vital tests will no longer be needed as an arrangement has been made between the HSE and UK's NHS to allow her to be funded by the TAS.

Abbey travelled to London today, with her family, for vital medical tests that will give her consultant greater insight into the options available for her, but up until this evening, it was not known how the tests were to be paid for following a mix-up with the HSE.

An email from Minister Simon Harris today said that the complication had been rectified and Abbey’s tests would now be covered by the TAS.

"Minister Simon Harris is pleased to confirm that Abby will receive all the treatments she needs as planned and scheduled in Great Ormond St Hospital," read the email.

“The arrangements to facilitate this have been made between the Children's Hospital Group here and Great Ormond St Hospital.

“There will be no need for outside funding as pledged by the very generous listeners to RedFM.

“Contact has been made with Abbey's family and we all send Abbey our very best wishes."


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