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Health minister contacted over urgent surgery for Donegal man

Jason O'Hanlon's family fear his condition will deteriorate unless surgery is carried out

Declan Magee

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Declan Magee

Health minister contacted over urgent surgery for Jason O'Hanlon

Jason Hanlon. Picture: Brian McDaid

A Donegal TD has written to the minister for health over the case of a 26-year-old Donegal man whose family say he needs urgent surgery.
The family of Dungloe man Jason Hanlon had expected the surgery to ease the acute pain he is experiencing from scoliosis to take place in the coming weeks but it has been postponed with no definite date.
His mother Elizabeth says she fears Jason’s condition will deteriorate further unless he gets surgery as soon as possible.
Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher says he has emailed the consultant involved and the health minister raising the urgency of Jason's case.
“I have a file going back to 2016 on this case," he said. "We received correspondence from the consultant in Dublin that he has been listed for surgery and our understanding is it was expected in August but there has been no confirmation of a date so I am asking for a date.
“ I am asking the consultant to arrange a date for surgery at the earliest opportunity and I have written to the consultant by email this morning. I have also written to the minister for health and sent on all the correspondence from the last two years.
"I am asking them to deal with this urgently and if it is a case of resource they need to provide the resources. hope I don't have to wait until the Dáil returns, but if I do it will be top of my priority list.”