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Minister Varadkar needs to help keep Andrew Lydon alive - O Clochartaigh

2 September, 2014

Galway Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh is calling on Health Minister Leo Varadkar to intervene with the HSE to help extend the life expectancy of Motor Neuron Disease sufferer, Andrew Lydon.

The Sinn Féin Senator said:

“Father of two, Andrew Lydon, from Connemara was diagnosed with MND three years ago. He believes that if he is allowed to have an operation called a tracheostomy; his life expectancy will improve significantly. But the HSE will not agree to him having the operation in Ireland.

“Andrew maintains that every year there are only five or six people in Ireland who would be suitable and would opt for this type of operation and that they are denied that choice by the HSE. He considers this to be a violation of his right to life. “He believes, as a citizen of the state, that the state has a duty to protect his life. He maintains that the trouble is that these five or six people can’t shout loud enough to worry the state and with their ventilation masks on they can hardly be heard at all.

“I am calling on Minister Varadkar to discuss Andrew’s case with the HSE to see what can be done to assist him and to extend his life expectancy, so he can see his children grow up and spend more time with them. Andrew believes that by taking no decision the HSE are allowing him to die by default.

“It is ironic that the state recently expended huge resources in fighting court cases on the right to life and that now we have a man fighting to extend his and they are not giving him their full support.

“Andrew has started his own campaign now to raise the funds he needs to have this operation done and to go towards providing the support needed afterwards and he is asking the public for their support by donating at

“The Minister and the HSE must do all in their power to help this young father have the best quality of care, for him to extend his chances of seeing his family grow up and not use financial concerns as the barrier to that happening”.

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