THE family of a woman who suffered severe brain injuries in an accident is begging Beaumont Hospital not to move her to another hospital more than 150km away.
Amanda Denton’s loved ones want to be able to spend their last days together, in Dublin, her partner Tom Lee (45) told the Herald.
But a bizarre set of circumstances means that the hospital is planning on sending the 42-year-old, who is in a coma, to Wexford General Hospital.
“All I want is for her family to be with her for her last moments, but as soon they’re told that a bed is free they’re moving her to Wexford,” Mr Lee said.
He and Ms Denton’s family are in Dublin, more than 150km away from where she will be sent.
Mr Lee said he hoped if the family could stay by Ms Denton’s side, there was a slim hope she might recognise a voice and improve.
He met Taoiseach Enda Kenny last weekend at the hospital and Mr Kenny’s office contacted him yesterday to say that it had expressed the wishes of the family to Beaumont’s management.
The manner in which Ms Denton ended up in her current situation also infuriated her loved ones.
At around midnight on May 13, Ms Denton fell down the stairs at her home in Courtown, Co Wexford. She suffered serious head injuries in the incident.
An ambulance was called and the doctor who arrived on scene recommended that she be taken immediately to Beaumont in Dublin - which specialises in head injuries - for surgery.
But, on the way, the ambulance could not make contact with Beaumont and instead took her to Wexford General Hospital.
“When we got in we were told that there was basically no hope and to think about organ donation,” Mr Lee said.
Ms Denton was eventually referred to Beaumont where she underwent surgery.
Her family are concerned that the inability to contact Beaumont Hospital caused a crucial delay in Ms Denton undergoing surgery.
Ms Denton was living in Courtown with Mr Lee at the time of the accident, but they had been due to move to Clondalkin two days later.
A spokesperson for Beaumont Hospital refused to comment on any aspect of the case, citing patient privacy.