Company cancels contract following Meadhbh controversy

The company charged with the responsibility of organising an airlift for 14-year-old liver transplant recipient, Meadhbh McGivern, last month has given up its contract with the Children’s hospital involved in the wake of the negative coverage following the incident.

The company charged with the responsibility of organising an airlift for 14-year-old liver transplant recipient, Meadhbh McGivern, last month has given up its contract with the Children’s hospital involved in the wake of the negative coverage following the incident.

By Leonie McKiernan

After 12 years of an active service agreement between Emergency Medical Support Services (EMSS) - a private company that co-ordinates air transfer arrangements for patients - and Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin, co-operation formally came to an end over the weekend.

Although the official contract ended on Sunday, it has now emerged that EMSS actually withdrew from the service agreement three weeks before the contract officially expired following negative coverage of the missed liver transplant of 14-year-old Meadhbh last month.

A spokesperson for the company said he felt the business had been “very badly portrayed” in the wake of the incident involving Meadhbh on July 2.

The family of the seriously ill young teenager say that her health has continued to deteriorate and they have since contacted a private medical aviation company, Aeromedivac, based in Dublin, as a ‘back-up plan’.

Brave Meadhbh has now officially been on the waiting list longer than any child in a paediatric situation has ever had to wait for a liver transplant. In the past week alone she has had to go to hospital twice and her father, Joe, said that she urgently requires a transplant.

Her illness has had a serious impact on her life.

Not only does she suffer ongoing medical challenges, Meadhbh’s illness has also impacted on her schooling and her social life as it makes her extremely susceptible to infection and this, in turn, could jeopardise her chance of a transplant.

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.