By Claire Corrigan
The grandparent of a severely disabled Mullingar child, suffering from Transverse Myelitis involving serious spinal inflammation, made an impassioned plea this week on behalf of her severely affected 11 years old granddaughter, so that she can be urgently provided with a suitable home when she leaves hospital in ten days’ time.
The family has been living under intense strain for the past nine and a half months with the little girl in hospital in Dublin and her mother staying by her daughter’s side constantly while her other children are cared by her grandmother.
Symone Rowley of Mullingar is at present a patient in Temple Street Children’s Hospital. She’s been there for eight months, since August 9 last, and was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis. This severe condition involves serious inflammation of parts of the spinal cord and has left Symone badly affected. Until she became ill in August before her diagnosis, Symone was never sick, the family told us, and they’ve battled since then to get the assistance they need from the local authority, but without any success.