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Wednesday 24 May 2017

Dad of quad bike accident victim slams delays in crucial therapy

Dad-of-two Paul de Ferreira
Dad-of-two Paul de Ferreira

The family of a young mechanic who suffered serious head injuries in a quad bike accident say he has had to wait too long for private occupational therapy.

Dad-of-two Paul de Ferreira (34), from Clondalkin, is in Tallaght Hospital where he has been receiving occupational therapy once a week.

However, his father, Ronnie Spadaccini, told the Herald that the family want to supplement this with private therapy.

Tallaght Hospital initially said this would be acceptable, said Mr Spadaccini.

Coma

However, when the therapy was due to start in December, it said the treatment would not be possible until the therapist had been vetted by gardai and the hospital.

The family are not querying the need for vetting, but said that if they had been told earlier, Mr de Ferreira would already be receiving the private therapy.

They have since met with the private therapist who is expected to receive the necess- ary vetting within the next week.

Mr de Ferreira was placed in an induced coma in Beaumont Hospital's neurological ward after the crash last October.

He underwent extensive surgery before being transferred to Tallaght Hospital.

"Paul has paid all his taxes and this is the treatment he gets from the Government and the health service," said Mr Spadaccini.

Mr de Ferreira is due to undergo more surgery - to add a prosthetic piece to his skull - in Beaumont within the next two weeks.

"With this in mind, he could have been receiving his therapy twice a week," said Mr Spadaccini.

"But now he may not get it for another while because he could be called to Beaumont at any time for the prosthetic skull operation.

Memory

"Because of his short-term memory, we want to help keep his brain working. If we weren't doing this, he'd just be left there waiting for his next therapy session."

A spokesperson for Tallaght Hospital told the Herald: "The hospital does not enforce policies on patients or families who wish to supplement care with external resources.

"However, garda vetting is a statutory requirement for all health care workers who provide an on-site ser- vice to patients in Tallaght Hospital."

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