THE little girl at the centre of the controversy over cutbacks at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Dublin is recovering from life-saving surgery in England.
Jamie Murphy, 11, who suffers from severe and deteriorating scoliosis (curvature of the spine), is in intensive care at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.
The girl’s plight was highlighted in June by Green Party deputy leader Mary White, who met her parents while out canvassing during the local and European elections.
“Jamie had her operation on Saturday and the next couple of days will be critical,” Ms White said.
The girl’s aunt, Triona O’Brien, has asked people to remember Jamie in their prayers.
Jamie needed the surgery urgently to correct a spinal deformity that was crushing her vital organs and limiting her ability to digest food.
An anonymous benefactor contacted Ms White’s office offering to pay the cost of the procedure, expected to cost in excess of €50,000.
Jamie from Graiguenamanagh, Co Kilkenny, had her operation a day after a plan to deal with 70 children awaiting spinal deformity surgery was outlined by the Health Service Executive.
Arrangements are now being made for the children to have the procedure undertaken at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, the Children’s University Hospital Temple Street, the National Children’s Hospital, Tallaght or Cappagh Orthopaedic Hospital.
Ms White, who described Jamie’s case as shameful, said she was delighted that many of the children now had dates for the operation to be performed in Ireland.
Last July Jamie’s mother Emer wept openly when HSE chief executive Professor Brendan Drumm insisted scoliosis surgery would be prioritised by Crumlin.
The little girl and her family had just returned from London after doctors had been forced to postpone her surgery because the risk was considered too high.
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