Mother-of-four Amanda needs specialist rehabilitation after horror fall – partner
A TALLAGHT man has launched a nationwide campaign to have his seriously disabled partner moved to a specialist rehabilitation centre.
Amanda Denton has been left languishing in Wexford General Hospital after she suffered severe brain injuries last year.
But after months of waiting on a bed, Tom Lee has started a Facebook appeal – called The help Amanda Denton get rehabilitation page – to see her moved to the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) in Dublin.
The brave mum-of-four was left with bleeding on her brain after a horror fall at her home in Courtown, Co Wexford, last May.
The Bluebell native was in a coma for six months after the freak tumble with doctors telling her family that she would never recover.
“We were told to switch off the life support machine and donate her organs,” Mr Lee told the Herald.
“Absolutely no hope was given for her, we were told she would be a vegetable.”
But after undergoing three extensive bouts of brain surgery, Amanda, who turns 43 today, is now communicating with friends and family.
“I knew she was still in there and I knew she could fight her way back. We weren’t giving up on her,” added Mr Lee.
Courageous Amanda was only on a full life-support
system for a few days before she started to breathe on her own.
“A while later she started to open her eyes and squeeze my hand,” added her devoted partner. “Now she has come on leaps and bounds but needs the extra support to develop further.”
Amanda was taken to Beaumont from Wexford General Hospital for surgery the day after her accident.
Despite endless appeals from her family to keep her in Dublin, she was moved back to Wexford a short time later.
The family, who are originally from Tallaght, had been living in Wexford for four years before the accident.
They had hoped Amanda would be allowed to stay in the city so her older children could visit her daily. But their requests fell on deaf ears.
Mr Lee visits the hospital at 10am every day, where he does a number of exercises with Amanda.
The full-time carer encourages her to open doors and windows and build up strength in her muscles.
“She can do so much now,” he said. “She was even trying to push one side of her wheelchair yesterday and she is talking to us with a yes or no board.
“But we have got her to this stage by ourselves, and now it’s time for the professionals to step up,” said Mr Lee.
“If I have been able to bring Amanda this far, imagine what the professionals can do. I am not a physiotherapist, I help her because nobody else will.
“After the fight back she has made she deserves the right at been given a proper chance.
“She is fighting, she just needs that extra help.
“Amanda receives two physiotherapy sessions a week from staff in Wexford General Hospital; the staff are doing all they can, but that’s not enough.”
The desperate 46-year-old has said Amanda was promised a bed in the NRH in January, but she is still waiting.
The Dun Laoghaire-based facility is the only one of its kind in Ireland. It has a capacity for 110 inpatients and the hospital currently has 256 people waiting for a bed.
Some 146 of those waiting are hoping for a place in the brain injury programme, where just 56 beds are available in total.
The online campaign launched by Mr Lee to secure his partner a bed has received over 1,250 supporters in just a few days as well as attention from local TDs and counsellors.
“A few have been in contact and are coming to Wexford hospital tomorrow to help Amanda celebrate her birthday,” he said.
A spokesperson for the NRH was unavailable for comment.