A ten-year-old boy has finally been given a date for urgent scoliosis surgery after a four-year delay – but his parents have been warned it may not go ahead as planned.
Adam Terry, of Co Cork, has been waiting since 2017 for the crucial surgery and his condition has deteriorated in the meantime.
His parents Mark and Christine were told in December 2020 that he would receive the surgery the following spring, but in February they were told they would be waiting a further six to nine months.
His story was highlighted on Today with Claire Byrne on RTE Radio 1 who confirmed on Monday morning that Adam had received a provisional date for the surgery.
Christine, of Whitechurch, told reporter Brian O’Connell “Crumlin contacted us during the week and they have offered us a provisional date”.
She added: “They are offering us a date on the 29th of October and it’s meant to go ahead but if an emergency comes in or if they don’t have an ICU bed it will be cancelled.
“So in the same breath as we were told that we had a date we were told that it may not actually go ahead.
“I am trying to convey to them, this is not elective any longer. This is an emergency, he is just as much an emergency as a child coming in in a car accident.
“Adam was down to 18kg. I just remind you; Adam is ten years old. At that point, his day-to-day quality of life was horrendous.”
Appearing on Today with Claire Byrne on Friday morning, HSE CEO Paul Reid directly apologised for the situation, though did note that Covid and the HSE cyberattack had caused issues.
“I heard back the interview and it is heart-breaking. We are extremely sorry for what happened to Adam and all the other scoliosis patients waiting for surgery,” he said.
“What I will say is that plans have been submitted to address these waiting lists. There is no doubt our lists are across-the-board systemic and a legacy issue that we have to address.”