Listowel school boy’s life-changing operation postponed due to shortage of staff and funding

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A potentially life-changing operation for a Listowel school boy has been postponed for a second time, due to lack of funding and lack of staff at Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin.

That’s according to the boy’s mother Emma McGlynn, who says the postponements were made, despite the surgery being deemed ‘urgent’.

Ten-year-old Mikey suffers from a rare condition called Prune Belly Syndrome, which means he is prone to frequent kidney and urinary tract infections.

Surgery to repair a valve would give him great relief and clear up the infections, according to his mother.

Sinn Fein TD Martin Ferris has written twice to Health Minister Simon Harris about Mikey’s case, but has received no reply to date.

Emma McGlynn says the long delay is extremely unfair on a vulnerable boy, and she’s at the end of her tether: