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Disappointment as Ronan’s op cancelled again

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CANCELLED: The second scheduled spinal surgery for Ronan Foley which was to take place on Thursday has been cancelled for a second time in six months. Photo: Michelle Crean

 

By Michelle Crean

Thursday should have been the day that changed teenager Ronan Foley's life for the better - but there was huge disappointment as his spinal operation was cancelled at the last hour for a second time in six months.

 

The 14-year-old's condition has deteriorated so badly in the last two-and-a-half years that his spine is at a 90 degree curvature.

Ronan from Killorglin, is a former St Oliver's pupil and currently attends St Francis Special School.
The operation - when it eventually goes ahead - will be life-changing for him - freeing him of the daily pain which is so debilitating that he can barely sit up for more 30 minutes at a time to eat. He spends most of his days lying on the bed or on the floor to try to get comfortable.

His family, who say Ronan is waiting too long, went public to have his operation made a priority and were relieved to finally get the go ahead. However, following a consultation in Dublin last week, Ronan's family received the devastating call that his operation has yet again been put on the long finger due to a small procedure that he has to undergo first.

His father Tony says it's understandable that the procedure must go ahead before the operation can take place as "a risk is a risk" but said it could have been taken care of during all the months of waiting.

"We were so close," Tony told the Killarney Advertiser. "We knew he had to have this minor procedure but were told it could be taken care of after his surgery. However, the anaesthetist last week said he wants a little procedure done first as a risk is a risk, and we're in absolute one hundred percent agreement with him. But why did they leave it until the last hour? We are disappointed that this wasn't done in the months while he was waiting. It's after compromising his day of surgery. We don't know where we are now and it could be four to five months before he has the operation. It's Ronan we're thinking about."

Tony said that many emergency procedures went ahead of Ronan over the last few years but with the youngster's condition so bad now he should be priority for surgery.

"We're hoping that he'll have the minor procedure by late October and his operation by November. He has to be close enough to an emergency procedure by now. He really just wants to be pain free and every day after the operation he'll have his life back."

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Eileen rewarded for her dedication to athletics

By Sean Moriarty Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer. The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last. As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer.

The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last.

As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home and abroad they decided to honour Mrs Switzer for her “lifetime of volunteering to the community, to sport, to youth and for championing diversity and inclusion”.

“Eileen has been an advocate, a coach and an administrator in the sport of athletics for over 60 years in the town of Killarney, Kerry and beyond,” said club chair Jerry Griffin.

Eileen and her husband Frank have dedicated their lives to the community games and athletics in the greater Killarney area.

“I enjoy, but I don’t like, all the limelight,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I like to watch newcomers as they come up through the ranks, many of the Community Games people of the past are now running the committee.”

In a life time dedicated to volunteerism in Killarney Eileen has helped sports like golf, pitch and putt and badminton grow.  She was also heavily involved in the local Irish dancing scene and remains a great supporter of Kerry Parents and Friends.

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A Mass of Commemoration in Kilcummin

COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr […]

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COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr Kieran laid a wreath.

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