Tim Falvey, a former Fianna Fáil councillor who served as lord mayor of Cork in 1994, was flown home last night after he collapsed while in Marbella with his wife, Bina, last week.
He was rushed to Hospital Quirón, where a stent was inserted. But complications set in and Mr Falvey collapsed twice while in intensive care.
Pat, who was in Russia leading an adventure expedition at the time, immediately jetted to Spain to join family members at their father’s bedside.
Doctors finally managed to stabilise Mr Falvey’s condition and, after 10 days in hospital, they declared him medically fit to travel home earlier this week.
After extensive consultation with the VHI, Mr Falvey was flown home on a scheduled flight last night.
He and his wife were accompanied, as a precaution, by a nurse who flew in from Netherlands for the flight from Spain to Ireland.
Speaking from Spain last night, Pat said his father will be reviewed by his own consultant over the coming days and will spend some time resting and recuperating at home.
“The family are over the moon Dad at last is stable and strong and ready to travel,” Pat said.
“He’s in very good form. He’s ready to go home and wants to go home. We’re all relieved.”
He praised the hospital staff for the fantastic care they gave his father, and he singled out the VHI for particular praise.
He said the health insurer’s support, kindness, professionalism, and attention to detail in recent days had been “a source of great comfort” to his family.
Writing on his Facebook page, Pat said the last week had been one of the hardest for him and his family. It was the biggest fright we ever got, he said.
He said they were all very happy and thanked God for their father’s strength.
“I can understand families who have to go through this pressure. Tonight we empathise with these families in this situation,” he said.