Fam­ily fear man left wait­ing a week for ur­gent spinal surgery will be paral­ysed

Irish Independent - - News - Laura Lynott

A MAN who suf­fered a se­ri­ous spinal in­jury play­ing a foot­ball match is still wait­ing on ur­gent surgery a week later due to a short­age of hos­pi­tal beds.

Paul Brazil (38) from Dublin 7 has been ly­ing in a bed in St James’s Hos­pi­tal in a neck brace, un­able to move in case he ag­gra­vates his in­juries.

How­ever, he needs to be trans­ferred to the Mater Hos­pi­tal for surgery to his spine.

St James’s can’t give him the spe­cial­ist treat­ment he re­quires, and can’t trans­fer him to the Mater Hos­pi­tal as there is no bed avail­able there.

Paul was play­ing in a foot­ball match and sus­tained the se­ri­ous in­jury af­ter a tackle.

He and his fam­ily have been told he has a rup­tured disc in his neck and two breaks in his spine. Sis­ter Karen Brazil said her brother was “scream­ing in agony” when he was in­jured. He was rushed to St James’s Hos­pi­tal as it was the clos­est emer­gency de­part­ment.

“We were told it would be a day or two,” Karen told the Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent. “We’re wor­ried how bad my brother will be be­cause of this wait – could he be left paral­ysed?”

The Mater Hos­pi­tal and St James’s said they do not com­ment on in­di­vid­ual cases.

Paul’s sit­u­a­tion prompted onenurseatStJames’sHospi­tal to write an open let­ter to Taoiseach Leo Varad­kar on Face­book: “Taoiseach...it’s not nurs­ing staff that have caused the bed cri­sis…It is not the con­sul­tant or his team caus­ing the cri­sis...they are ready to op­er­ate. Taoiseach there are NO beds!”

Karen said: “No one in the HSE is lis­ten­ing. And I will hold Si­mon Har­ris and the Taoiseach per­son­ally re­spon­si­ble if my brother ends up paral­ysed be­cause of this wait.”

In­jured: Paul Brazil has been in St James’s Hos­pi­tal for a week

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