D-Day for ‘locked in’ David as transfer looms

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David Garvey, a Dundalk man who has been in Beaumont Hospital being cared for locked-in syndrome, will find out tomorrow (Wednesday) if his scheduled transfer to Co Louth will take place.

As part of a drafted care plan, David is hoping to be transferred to Our Lady of Lourdes in Drogheda with the hope he will be cared for in Dundalk and eventually in the comfort of his own home.

David has not been in his family home in St Nicolas Avenue for over two years.

His family travel to Dublin every day to visit him.

David’s sister Lynn, told the Dundalk Democrat that the family are hoping for a good outcome from the meeting.

“In the meeting, we will find out if David will be taken to Drogheda,” said Lynn, “We are all hoping that this is the start of the path to bring David home.”

A wide range of representatives will be at the meeting, including HSE officials, medical professionals and the Garvey family.

After his family spent a number of months of highlighting David’s situation, the HSE finally agreed in April to draft a care plan for David.

David’s condition has improved since then and he is in good spirits at the moment.

“We is happy as larry,” said Lynn, “He is in great form. He has been doing his exercises and is no longer depressed.

“He is also not taking any extra oxygen at the moment and is improving.

“We just hope that the meeting goes the way we would like.”

David is incapable of any movement.

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

David 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.


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