A Dundalk man is “begging” the HSE and local politicians to support his wish to be released from hospital so he can be nursed at home.
David Garvey (33) from St Nicholas Avenue, Dundalk, suffers from “locked in” syndrome and is incapable of any movement.
David can only communicate by moving his eyes - when his eyes are raised it means “yes” and when he looks down means “no”.
The last time David was in his family house in St Nicholas Avenue was May 2012. He has spent the last 14 months on a bed in Beaumont Hospital in Dublin. He cannot eat and needs a ventilator to breathe.
Members of David’s family make the trip to Dublin every day to spend time with him and they are now pleading to the HSE to allow David be nursed at home.
If this does not happen, the family fear that David will die in the hospital.
“The hospital can do nothing more for David,” his sister Lynn told The Dundalk Democrat,
“He wants to come home.
“We are all trained in caring for David. We know we can care for him. When we visit him everyday we care for him and help him,” Lynn explained.
Ten years ago, David was on a holiday in Paris when he collapsed suddenly. He suffered three strokes and a brain hemorrhage on that day and was left wheelchair bound as a result of the incident.
It has since emerged that the collapse was caused by abnormal blood cells on David’s brain stem named cavernoma. He was flown back to Dublin and surgeons in Beaumont Hospital removed 97pc of the cavernoma.
David recovered and studied at DkIT and then received a masters degree in Trinity College. With his life back on track, David started a relationship with his girlfriend Bernadette Dolan in 2007. He completed writing a novel in 2010, although he endured two blackouts later that year.
On the road to recovery again, David and Bernadette got engaged and booked their wedding for September 2015.
In May 2012, tests showed the cavernoma has grown back. In the matter of weeks, David underwent three operations. The family were told to fear the worst.
“We were told David had three days left to live,” said Lynn, “We were distraught.”
David underwent an operation which removed the cavernoma, but he was left paralysed and last March, his family were informed that David has “locked in” syndrome - he can’t do anything whatsoever.
The family began their campaign to bring David home.
It was originally thought that it would cost €200,000 annually to provide 24-hour home nursing.
However, in January the family were informed it would cost €400,000 and David could not be allowed home.
The family continued to make their case to get him home, although the HSE stated last week that it is not possible due to “clinical considerations” and “care costs”.
“We just want David home,” said Lynn, “He doesn’t feel part of the family anymore. We want him back where he belongs.”
The family are currently looking at the option of setting up a charity to raise funds to help David.
If you can help the family in any way, please contact The Dundalk Democrat on 042-9395612.