David will be home for Christmas

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Dundalk man David Garvey will finally return to his family home in St Nicolas Avenue in December after spending over two years in Beaumont Hospital.

Dundalk man David Garvey will finally return to his family home in St Nicolas Avenue in December after spending over two years in Beaumont Hospital.

David, who has locked-in syndrome, is on cloud nine after HSE bosses finally provided a date for his return to Dundalk.

HSE officials and David’s medical team have agreed to allow him to return home in the first week in December, just in time for Christmas.

“We are all delighted,” David’s sister Lynn told The Democrat,

“He is very happy and has a smile on his face everyday. David felt that he was no longer part of the family.

She added that this means they will be able to spend Christmas together.

“We can bring him home and spend Christmas together. We cannot wait.”

The HSE agreed to the necessary funding some months back. However, a care plan was only drafted recently.

David is incapable of any movement.

Ten years ago, hewas on a holiday in Paris when he collapsed suddenly.

He suffered three strokes and a brain hemorrhage on that day.

The collapse was caused by abnormal blood cells on David’s brain stem named cabernoma.

Now, set of protocols and arrangements have been agreed between the HSE, David’s family and nurses to ensure that he will be cared for at home.

A room in David’s home has been fitted with the necessary medical equipment which will allow David to live at home.

“We have all been trained to care for David at home,” said Lynn.

“The room has been adapted to suit David’s needs. Everything he needs is at home.”

David’s family have been travelling to Dublin every day for over a year.

Lynn said: “It will make life a lot easier for David and for us. He is so excited to come back home.

“This is the best news that David has received in a long time.

David has a buys couple of months ahead of him when he returns home as he is due to marry his fiancee Bernie in 2015.