'MY GRANDSON HAS HAD HIS OP POSTPONED FOUR TIMES NOW..IT'S SERIOUS' Dunphy Pain as Braiden Waits for Heart Surgery

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'MY GRANDSON HAS HAD HIS OP POSTPONED FOUR TIMES NOW..IT'S SERIOUS' Dunphy Pain as Braiden Waits for Heart Surgery


Byline: NAOMI McELROY

BROADCASTER Eamon Dunphy yesterday revealed his heartache after a lifesaving operation for his grandson was cancelled four times.

Born with the left part of his heart not properly formed, five--year-old Braiden needs the surgery to survive.

Hitting out at the dire situation at Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Dublin, Dunphy, 63, said: "My daughter Colette has a child very seriously ill, involved in the Crumlin thing.

"I haven't, I mean, I don't, I've done very little because I don't want to detract from it.

"But I've been in Crumlin hospital. It's pretty terrible for the people who work there.

"The nurses and doctors do their best, but my daughter's child has had his operation postponed four times and it's serious, he's terminally ill. So, it's desperate."

He slammed the HSE, saying there were "5,000 people in there with no work to do".

He also blasted the Health Minister, and added: "People are suffering around the country...Mary Harney? Mary Harney has no mandate to be in government. Mary Harney has no party.

"The PDs' mandate ran out when the party collapsed, but she's still implementing PD policy. What's that about?" And he branded the rest of the Government zombies.

He said: "There is a paralysis at Government level, there is a paralysis in the civil service. You can see it in Cowen's face, you can see it in Lenihan's face. We talk about zombie banks, we have a zombie Government.

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