A Tipperary family are leading the way in campaigning for dedicated health care services to be put in place for teenagers who sustain brain injuries
Conor Devlin, who acquired multiple brain injuries following a road traffic accident two years ago while on his way to school, has forced national politicians to listen to him, to his mother Caitriona and brother Paul as they plead for a proper structure to be put in place.
After fighting for his life, Conor is now engaging in another battle to ensure that no other familiy will have to endure what the Devlin family from Anacarthy went through to access vital services following the car accident on December 3, 2012.
What started out as a cake sale to raise funds for the Acquired Brain Injury office in Cashel has brought Conor on a national jouney to create awareness of ABI and the absence of dedicated services for young people.
Two years on from the accident Conor has visited the Dail to hand in a a petition signed by 4,000 young people supporting his campaign. Earlier this month Conor, Caitriona and Paul addressed the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children to make their case.
â€œI do expect things to happen as a result of the meeting. They did take on board what we had to sayâ€ said Conor.
He believes moves would now be made between all interested parties in a co-ordinated programme to see what can be done to remedy the situation .
â€œIt will be an on-going process and it will be monitored and I expect to be called back to review matters at a later stageâ€ said Paul.