HIQA investigation may be completed by end of month

The investigation into the circumstances which prevented 14-year-old Meadhbh McGivern from Ballinamore receiving a liver transplant in London is continuing.

The investigation into the circumstances which prevented 14-year-old Meadhbh McGivern from Ballinamore receiving a liver transplant in London is continuing.

Members of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) travelled to the McGivern family home in Ballinamore last Thursday to speak to Meadhbh’s parents Joe and Assumpta.

Joe told the Leitrim Observer that HIQA has been guaranteed the cooperation of each and every agency involved and he is hopeful that their investigation will be complete before the end of this month.

He said Meadhbh is still a bit down about the whole thing.

“She has her good days and her bad. It’s hard to forget what happened but you just have to get on with it,” he said, before adding, “You can’t help wondering about the what-if’s.”

In terms of the family having their own Plan B in place should such a necessity arise again, Joe said they have that now more or less in place.

They have been in touch with a private company and that facility is there for them should they need to take it.

Meanwhile, the Air Corps postponed its Transplant Family Day on Thursday, July 7 following the controversy surrounding the failed airlift for Meadhbh McGivern. The event is aimed at raising awareness of organ donation.

Up to 40 families were due to attend the event at Baldonnel, however the families and the Air Corps mutually decided that it would have been insensitive to hold the event at this time. It has been postponed and will take place later in the summer.

See this week’s Leitrim Observer for the full report.