Irish Daily Mirror
29 December 2014
Father’s heartbreaking plea for future of paralysed son
“It is incredible to think there is nowhere to treat Robert in Ireland”.
By Garreth MacNamee
The heartbroken father of a man left almost fully paralysed after his heart failed has claimed the State has abandoned his son.
Robert Flynn Collapsed after suffering Sudden Adult Death Syndrome as he was aboard to board a flight in Miami three years ago.
While the 36 year old is one of very few to survive such an attack he now requires round-the-clock care as well as intense physiotherapy.
Since then his father Brendan has been fundraising to get his son the care he deserves. More than €350,000.00 has been collected but that has been spent on medical bills.
Brendan claims there is nowhere in the country to properly deal with his son’s care and Robert, who is fully cognitive, has been in a nursing home in North Dublin for the past 18 months.
The devoted dad is now urging health chiefs to let his family travel to a hospital in Germany for treatment.
He told the Irish Mirror: “It’s been such a tough time for everyone. Robert has been through it all. But all we want is for our son to have the care he deserves”.
“It’s not the home’s fault. There’s only so much that can be done. But the turnover in nursing staff doesn’t help”.
“Robert has been on the waiting list for a bed in the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire South Dublin, since 2011 and we were being told it would be a minimum of 12 months plus before a bed would be available. With no alternative to the NRH being available in Ireland, we discovered several excellent establishments in the UK, Austria, Switzerland and Germany.”
“In the UK one establishment stood out because of their record, the staff-patient ratio of 2:1 and the facilities available. That became Robert’s home for six months”.
“ To be honest his treatment has been nothing short of disgraceful. They’ve effectively washed their hands of him. The HSE just doesn’t want to hear about it. It’s incredible to think there is nowhere to treat him in Ireland. This is the 21st century”.
Brendan vowed to continue fighting for his son and do whatever is needed to get him the support he needs.
He added: “Hopefully Robert will be in Germany in the New Year. We are just waiting on his application to be accepted and processed by the HSE”.
“It was rejected earlier this year so we’ve gone back again. We’ll keep going back until it goes through. Until then Robert is in a place that is completely unsuitable for him. That’s what’s happening”.
• You can find out more about how to help at www.robertflyntrust.org.