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Parents of terminally ill kids in Donegal have been given a huge boost

The HSE is going to make life a bit easier.

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THE HSE HAS agreed to subsidise flights to Dublin for parents of terminally ill children in Donegal.

The move comes after a campaign by parents’ group Our Children’s Voice, which has been campaigning for better services for terminally-ill children in the north since February.

Gina Grant of the group told that the HSE had confirmed the funding after meetings with Health Minister Leo Varadkar.

Gina, whose six-year-old son has mitochondrial disease, says that the flights will make a huge difference.

She says that parents have had to give CPR on drives to hospital and people have had to administer seizure medication in a ditch.

“When you have a child who has a life-limiting disease, who gets sick when they travel, spending five hours travelling to Dublin really is difficult.

“This isn’t about the money, you can’t put a financial value on what this will do for us.”

The group is campaigning to have cross-border hospice care, an outreach nurse and consultant visits to Donegal provided to them, moves they say will not cost the HSE much, if anything.

H/T: Donegal Democrat

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