THE Cork community has rallied around a young teenager set to undergo surgery because of the failure to provide him with new powerchair.
Since he outgrew his last wheelchair, he has been left waiting for a new powerchair and has suffered stage four pressure sores as a result of using inappropriate equipment. He now needs to undergo skin graft surgery because of the delays.
The Evening Echo was contacted by a member of the public after reporting on Liam’s story, who is offering to donate a powerchair to the youngster.
Liam’s mum Grainne said she will contact the generous donor in the hope of finding a solution, at least until the HSE provide Liam with the appropriate equipment.
Ms Lynch remains highly critical of the HSE's response to her son's situation.
In a statement, the HSE said it wished Liam a speedy recovery and were very saddened to hear that he has been unwell.
The statement added that even once an application for funding for equipment is approved, there may be a "lead time" before manufacturers can deliver an order.
“Unfortunately, this is beyond our control," the HSE said.
“We sincerely regret that the funding available to us for this type of equipment is limited, and does not meet demand. Because of the significant demands on the budget for equipment, not all applications can be approved immediately.”
Ms Lynch described the HSE’s comments as “ridiculous”.
“They know the number of kids in their area and they know their profile,” she said.
“Provision should be made year on year for these kids.
“I mean kids grow, that’s what they do, so they should know that in two years time Liam needs a new chair or Eoin needs a new chair, or whatever their needs are,” she added.
“To say the funding isn’t there is wrong. Of course it’s there.
“We all know as well about the lead time involved, that’s why we prepare our cases months in advance with our occupational therapists.
“We’re prepared for that but the HSE isn’t.”