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Temple Street Children's University Hospital has claimed that a shocking 842 children who were attending its Emergency Department in 2018 were living in emergency accomodation, or didn't have a fixed address.

This means that there has been a 29 percent increase in the amount of patients who are being discharged into homelessness in Dublin, and one-quarter of the children were under one year old.

In 2017, the number of children discharged from ED who had no fixed address was 651.

The majority children last year presented with medical ailments such as chest infections, seizures, asthma, high temperatures and vomiting.

On the other side, 23 percent of children presented with trauma such as head lacerations, burns, self-harm and hand and arm injuries.

In the final three months of 2018 alone, 260 children attended Temple Street's Emergency Department without a fixed address.

Head Medical Social Worker at Temple Street, Anne-Marie Jones commented on the situation, condemning it as "shameful";

She said: "When these children leave our ED, they stay in temporary accommodation with cramped conditions and no appropriate cooking, washing or play facilities."

She added; "This results in accidents or traumas that wouldn’t normally happen if these families were housed in a family home.” 

Dr Ike Okafor, Emergency Medicine Consultant , meanwhile, argued that children's recovery is massively affected by their living situation.

Dr Okafor claims that; "There are children where you do what you can do in hospital, and then you hope they'll go home and recover."

"But these accommodations aren't conducive for recovery for some of the conditions – so they're not the ideal," he said.

He described cases of children undergoing surgery and then having nowhere to go from there, as well as incidents involving children being assaulted trying to find accommodation.

The most recent official homeless figures from November show there were 3,811 children in emergency accommodation that month.

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Dr. Rhona Mahony has pledged that women whose unborn babies have fatal foetal abnormalities will be offered terminations from January at the National Maternity Hospital.

As the hospital's master, Mahony made the claim after it came to light that some maternity hospitals and GPs won't be ready to begin extended abortion services from January.

A spokesman has said that staff are "working to ensure we have a full, safe and compassionate service in place as quickly as possible".

Dr. Mahony's spokesman continued;

"Notwithstanding the outstanding logistical issues, we expect to provide termination of pregnancy in situations of fatal foetal anomaly from January 1."

Minister for Health Simon Harris rejected implications that the January target for abortion services was aligned with politics, and has commented that this claim was 'offensive'.

He added that the services will not be available everywhere straight away, and that it needed time to embed and evolve with the help of clinicians. 

Yesterday, the Seanad continued with their debate on the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill.

Dr Sharon Sheehan, master of the Coombe hospital, has commented that her new system of service won't be ready by January.

She said; "To ensure the provision of "safe, high-quality, sensitive and compassionate care for women", it is essential to have the finalised legislation in place, an agreed model of care nationally and national clinical guidelines.

She continued;

"There has been extensive work, and that is continuing to proceed at a pace, but they are not ready and we now have only 20 days before this service is to be introduced.

"In my opinion, the country is not ready, and therefore the Coombe is not in a position to deliver these services from the January 1."

The Rotunda maternity hospitals spokeswoman commented that;

"Rotunda Hospital will be complying with enacted legislation providing the appropriate model of care, resources and funding is in place to enable a safe service provision to women".

The Irish Family Planning Association has also said that an exact date of availability for abortion services cannot yet be offered;

"We are still working on a number of outstanding issues. We're working to resolve them as quickly as possible and we're making good progress. We won't delay in providing abortion care once that's done".

The Irish College of General Practitioners and the Institute of Obstetricians are set to meet today for the discussion of clinical guidelines which are seen as essential for doctors.

A 24/7 helpline will hopefully be advertised by the HSE once the legislation is passed for guiding women, GPs and hospitals.

Feature image: BusinessPost.ie

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The hit E! reality TV show, Botched, has viewers both horrified and transfixed with its tales of surgical woe.

But a recent episode REALLY managed to shock and enthral – becoming the topic of continued social media debate in the aftermath.

In it, a Las Vegas woman presents herself to the show’s famed doctors, Paul Nassif and Terry Dubrow, begging them to fix her breast implants.

The issue? They then weighed-in at an incredible 13.5kg.

"I feel like a walking boob, and it is killing me inside because I know I am so much better than that," Dee Stein tells the Botched doctors.

The 53-year-old mother has been living with the massive silicone and saline implants for two decades. As a former dancer, she states she felt pressured by the industry to increase her bust.

"The bigger, the better in this business," she explains.

But the saline ruptured in her left breast, causing it to deflate. The one on the right remained the size of a bowling ball.

"I've been told that I probably can't be fixed," Ms Stein says, while fighting back tears.

"I totally feel like I don't have anybody else to turn to at this point,” she continues. “I'd risk my life for it at this point because I'm so uncomfortable. I'm in a lot of pain."

"It is insane to think that any plastic surgeon would even consider Dee's breasts to this level," Dr Dubrow notes. "The human body is not even equipped to handle this kind of volume expansion in breast tissue."

The breast-reduction surgery would be life-threatening and the "most difficult, scariest, challenging, nearly impossible" task in plastic surgery history, Dr Terry Dubrow says before agreeing to operate.

"I kid you not, if we tackle this one, this is the most challenging, high-risk patient of my career," he admits.

'It is days until this turns into an enormous, major medical emergency for her,' he also tells Dr Nassif. 'The whole breast is going to die.'

However, the surgery proves to be a huge success – and afterwards left Ms Stein with symmetrical DD breasts.

"I feel light as air!" Dee now says.

 

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