Teenage pilgrim treated for meningitis

Officials from VHI tonight insisted they were doing all in their power to ensure a teenage girl who took ill while on a pilgrimage in Bosnia received the best treatment.

Officials from VHI tonight insisted they were doing all in their power to ensure a teenage girl who took ill while on a pilgrimage in Bosnia received the best treatment.

Aoife Murray, from Ashfield in Mullingar, was on a trip to the holy village of Medjugorje when she fell ill. It is understood the teenager is being treated for suspected meningitis.

The 15-year-old had travelled to Bosnia with her mother but was taken ill a number of days ago.

She was taken to Mostar Hospital for treatment.

Her local parish priest Fr Barry Condron had hit out at the treatment the teenager had been receiving and called on hospital officials to allow her to travel back to Ireland.

A VHI spokeswoman said it had been in contact with the hospital in an effort to ensure the best treatment for the teenager.

But the insurer said they could not comment any further on individual cases.

“The VHI assist team are in contact with the member and her mother with regard to her treatment,” the spokeswoman said.

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