07 Oct 2022

Carlow father tells how young son was 'made to wait for crucial cancer treatment'

'It isn’t the first time they have made us wait for a bed...'

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Brandon Bolger

A Carlow father has told how his young son was made wait for crucial cancer treatment.

Brandon Bolger, 10, was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma – a rare disease affecting bone or soft tissue – last March.

Since then he has been receiving strong doses of chemotherapy at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin every two weeks.

The schoolboy was unable to receive treatment last Friday and was left waiting to get a bed, despite being told last week that there would be one available for him.

In a post on Facebook on Tuesday, September 18, Brandon's father Craig said: "He is five days overdue his chemo and they're telling us there are no beds.

"The way we are being treated and the other parents it's a total disgrace."

Speaking to the Irish Mirror on Tuesday, Craig said: “We were as much as told we shouldn’t be saying anything but we were worried because he needs his treatment.

“It isn’t the first time they have made us wait for a bed.

“Brandon finally got a bed...but that was because we rang and sent in complaints about it. We shouldn’t have to fight for our son’s treatment.”

Carlow/Kilkenny Senator Jennifer Murnane O’Connor said: "I have called in Minister Simon Harris to tell me why a little boy from Carlow had to wait five days for chemotherapy in Crumlin last week because of a bed shortage."

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