Teenager’s terrifying journey after brain injury

Conor Devlin is pleading for better services in Ireland’s health system

The 16-year-old sustained numerous injuries to his brain following a serious car accident in 2012. He said the lack of dedicated services for teenagers with an acquired brain injury can turn the already “difficult experience” into a “terrifying journey”. Speaking before a committee on Health and Children last week he explained that people like him weren’t getting sufficient support. “It’s crazy that in this country there is only six beds and two daybeds,” Devlin told the committee. “Words cannot describe how awful it was to be constantly fighting for support at a time when my whole life was turned upside-down.” His mother, Caitríona, spoke of the lack of arrangement prior to Conor’s discharge from hospital. This meant she had to case manage his condition herself.  “It was soul-destroying to realise the void in services for teenagers,” she said. Speaking after the meeting, Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath said: “Despite his courageous and successful efforts at rehabilitation and the excellent services provided at the National Rehabilitation Hospital it was very disturbing to hear that the Hospital despite years of campaigning is still not in a position to offer more than 6 beds to children with this type of injury.” The Deputy added that he will be making representations to the Health Minister on the issue. Get advice on the hospital stage of brain injury. Read the full story.       
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