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Dublin: 14 °C Thursday 9 July, 2020

Cork mum with terminal cancer stuck in Galway hotel waiting for hospital treatment

Ausra Matharu, who has three children aged between two and 11, has been waiting since Monday for a hospital bed.

Bobby and Ausra Matharu with their three children.
Bobby and Ausra Matharu with their three children.

A CORK MOTHER with terminal cancer has been waiting over two days to be admitted to University Hospital Galway for a life-prolonging stem cell transplant.

Ausra Matharu, 32, travelled from her home in Mogeely, near Midleton, on Sunday for life-prolonging treatment at Galway that was scheduled for Monday.

But she was told there were no beds available and has been staying in a hotel ever since, her husband, Bobby Matharu, told

Ausra has been told she has about five to seven years to live. The couple has three children aged two, five and 11.

“The whole situation has been horrible,” Bobby Matharu said. “We’re just so upset right now with how we’ve been treated. My wife has been in tears. These three days waiting are three days she could have been spending with her children.”

Bobby said his wife has undergone aggressive chemotherapy in the last few months.

“But even losing her hair is nothing compared to this,” he said. “You’d get better treatment in a third world country.”

13255924_995938677156345_8532406963131150500_n Bobby Matharu put this photo of his wife up on Facebook expressing his anger at how she has been treated.

Bobby said the couple has spent about €600 on food and accommodation in Galway while they waited to hear when Ausra would be admitted. His mother-in-law flew over from Lithuania to mind the children.

“We got on a bus this morning to return to Cork because we decided we weren’t waiting any longer,” he said. “But the hospital rang us this morning to say she might be admitted, so we got off the bus and we’re waiting to hear now if they have a bed.”

Bobby, who runs a technology repair centre, has had to close the business while waiting on his wife to get treatment.

He said he has asked for an answer from his local politicians and the HSE, but has heard nothing. He took to Facebook to express his anger, saying he was “disgusted and sickened” by political inaction on the healthcare system.

While our politicians are squabbling for the past two months over who our next government will comprise of and we pawns on their chess board are here working to pay our ridiculous taxes our hospitals cannot even admit people as they are at full capacity…
I feel disgusted and sickened by the fact that we even voted for these insensitive, self absorbed people who are standing idle while people are suffering everyday and having their families torn in two.

A HSE spokeswoman said it does not comment on individual cases.

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