Liam Lynch was diagnosed with a tumour in his spine and scoliosis at the age of seven and had been living an active full life in his hometown Mallow until he outgrew his power wheelchair.
The teenager, who is involved in power soccer and is studying for his Junior Certificate, has been hospitalised since January 19, due to pressure sores that developed after he outgrew the wheelchair.
These sores have not healed and Liam now needs a skin graft procedure.
When applying for a new chair last June, Liam’s mother Gráinne said that the funding was not prioritised for the essential equipment and her son was left without.
“It is infuriating to think about it. Liam was out of hospital for seven years, he was doing well and now he has been hospitalised since January due to this situation.”
Following an article in The Echo about Liam’s predicament, an anonymous donor offered to donate a powerchair for the young teenager, but this offer has not been put to use as Liam needs a specially moulded chair which cannot be made while he suffers from the stage four sores.
As well as this, Liam picked up a hospital bug and is now in a room by himself in isolation. This bug may affect his place on a list for surgery.