Teen at centre of intensive care bed appeal dies

A teenager who was at the centre of a national campaign to secure her a bed in intensive care and a life- saving operation has passed away, aged just 19.

Breda Kevane from Tralee came to national attention last month when her family made a public appeal for her to be moved from her native Kerry to specialist care in Cork or Limerick, only to discover there were no beds available.

The family of Breda, who had spina bifida and hydrocephalus, took to the airwaves to make her case, with her brother Paddy spearheading the campaign.

On March 30, he tweeted: “My sister is dying, No consultant no ICU bed available Kerry General Hospital Can’t help her #savebreda”.

At the end of March, a bed was found in the intensive care unit in Cork University Hospital ahead of a planned life-saving operation. A week later, on April 6, Paddy revealed that his sister’s condition had improved.

However, the teenager passed away in the early hours of yesterday.

Local councillor Toireasa Ferris described her death as “very tragic”. She said: “The entire community sends out heartfelt support to the Kevane family and recognises the incredible brother that Paddy was to his sister.”

Among those highlighting her plight was broadcaster George Hook, who tweeted on hearing of her death: “ Her plight moved me and sad that we could not do more.”


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