Scoliosis Surgery Delay‘I wonder who that child is that needs it more than me’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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When 13 year-old Megan Halvey-Ryan appeared on the Late Late Show last month to speak about her life with scoliosis, she shared some good news: a nationwide media campaign, brought about by her appearance on an RTE Investigates programme about hospital waiting lists, had resulted in her being offered life-changing surgery at Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

But this morning, her mother Sharon spoke to Ryan Tubridy about the family’s latest setback.

The surgery, which had been scheduled for March 9th, has now been postponed. Sharon was not informed about the change until she called the hospital to inquire as to why they hadn’t received written confirmation of the surgery. She was told it had been rescheduled due to an emergency surgery, and the new tentative date is March 23rd. Sharon had to break the news to Megan.

“The first thing she said when she found out was ‘I wonder who that child is that means it more than me’. But obviously she is devastated.”

Sharon told Ryan that scoliosis is put down the list of surgeries because it’s seen as elective, despite the excruciating pain that her daughter lives in. She said she won’t believe the surgery will go ahead later this month until her daughter is on the surgical table.

“The 23rd, it’s a tentative date, is the exact words we’ve been told. I won’t believe it until she’s in theatre … It’s action that’s needed, not words. They need to be proactive, not reactive.”

To listen to the full interview, click here.

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