For some teenage boys, Christmas means getting a new computer console but for one youngster, an operation is top of his wish list. Jonathan (16) is getting an early Christmas present this year. It won’t be wrapped up in shiny paper and tied with a big bow but it’ll probably be the most important gift he’ll ever receive. Jonathan is about to undergo vital surgery which will make a huge difference to his life. All he wants for Christmas, is a nice straight back.
Jonathan suffers from progressive curvature of the spine, the result of painful conditions known as scoliosis and kyphosis which, if not treated in time, can result in further complications. Last March, Jonathan was put on an urgent waiting list for a spinal fusion operation but cutbacks at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, meant that his surgery could not proceed. Jonathan’s life has been on-hold since last summer as his condition has gradually worsened while he awaits surgery. Following a brave campaign mounted by his mother, Magnumlady, in conjunction with the Irish Daily Mail, a date was secured for surgery in October but it was inexplicably cancelled. Jonathan was devastated to have his hopes raised and dashed. His mum continued to pressure the hospital for a new date for surgery and finally, her efforts were rewarded. Jonathan’s operation is now scheduled to take place tomorrow.
Jonathan’s dad was admitted to hospital as an emergency last week, with severe back pain and he is still in hospital undergoing treatment. It’s hard to fathom the pressure that this family must be under right now, as they struggle to cope with all that life has thrown at them. So, if you’re feeling stressed out in the run up to Christmas, please spare a thought for Jonathan and his family. May all their wishes come true.
GOOD LUCK! Jono. I’m rooting for you!