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Taoiseach, my family and I are suffering. Please give me back my medical card

I am writing this letter to tell the Taoiseach exactly how it would affect me and upset my parents if he doesn’t return my medical card.

Sometimes when I don’t feel well, my mum or dad have to take me to the doctor and I end up in hospital. I would be scared if my parents were not able to do this because I don’t like feeling sick and because of my Down Syndrome I can’t always tell them how I am feeling.

My mum said that she had to take me to the doctor 22 times last year and each time had to get me medicine to get me better.

Also I now have juvenile arthritis. I am not sure what it is but I do know that sometimes my legs or ankles or wrists or toes or fingers or thumb can feel really sore. I have to get on a train with my mum and go to Dublin to another hospital to see Dr Charelene and Dr Kileen to make sure I am OK.

At the moment my thumb is sore and my ankle also gets sore. My mum gives me medicine but it can make me a bit chesty, so she has to stop it after awhile. So I think soon my mum will have to give me a stronger medicine which will mean I will have to have blood tests and more visits to another hospital to make sure my kidneys and liver are ok too.

I also go to play with my friends to occupational therapy, (my mum calls it) and speech and language therapy once every two weeks.

I really like going but I have heard my mum saying that if my medical card is not returned, she and daddy will not be able to afford to send me to these places.

That would make me very sad.

My mum and I left our house in Cork at 7.30pm on Saturday and didn’t get home again until 8.30pm. I was exhausted so I was asleep after our walk with Ronan and his mum and some friends.

I want to show the Taoiseach how important this is to me and my mummy and my daddy. If we as a family don’t get my medical card returned, we will have “undue financial burden”, my mum says. I don’t know what that means, but I know that it makes my mum and dad really sad and puts a worried look on their face and I really don’t like seeing that.

So I am begging the Taoiseach to give me back my medical card as soon as possible and please pass on my worries to Dr James Reilly’s office as well.

Katie Connolly





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