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19 Aug 2022

Kilkenny woman battles to get better after life-changing medical ordeal - click to help!

Kilkenny woman battles to get better after life-changing medical ordeal - click to help!

Carol pictured alongside her partner Ciaran and son Kelan before her life-altering injury

To donate to Carol’s fundraiser, CLICK HERE

Carol Donohue’s life was changed in an instant eight months ago when what was meant to be a routine procedure went terribly wrong.

The healthy, happy and effervescent mum, well known from her years spent working in Newpark Pharmacy, immediately began suffering from immense pain that left her unable to move from the bed or the couch.

“For a while I tried to keep it to myself and hoped that things would get better. I carried the pain with me as I saw consultants and attended countless appointments trying to get diagnosed,” she said.

Unfortunately, Carol could not get a specific diagnosis and x-rays could not pick up any significant issues.

“I knew something wasn’t right. I was in too much pain. Eventually after countless check-ups I was told that I would just have to live with it. I was not going to accept that.”

Carol was determined to find the cause of her pain and began consulting with leading neurosurgeons and specialists abroad to find some answers.

Eventually, the problem was diagnosed. Carol had suffered a cerebrospinal fluid leak in her spine.

Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is a special fluid that bathes and supports the brain and spinal cord.

When the tough layer called the dura mater that holds CSF in around the brain and spinal cord has a hole or tear along the spine, this results in a loss of CSF volume through the defect.

This is a diagnosis that tends to be missed when it occurs out of the blue and can even be missed after medical procedures, as was the case with Carol.

Carol is hoping that her story will inspire others who have been told that there’s no fix to their life-altering conditions to keep seeking answers.

“Conditions like CSF leaks can’t be picked up on x-rays and are very difficult to diagnose,” Carol said.

“There are so many life-altering conditions that fit into this category that people might’ve just accepted. Definitely do not be afraid to seek out a second opinion.”

Unfortunately, despite further intensive research, Carol couldn’t find a specialist in Ireland capable of conducting the surgical procedure to rectify her CSF leak.

She will have to travel to either the UK or mainland Europe to get the surgical procedure that will bring some normality back to her life, at a significant cost.

Carol has always been the type of person who worries about other people and puts them before herself but now she is the one asking for help and support.

Unable to cover the costs of the surgery, Carol has set up a GoFundMe campaign in a bid to get her life back to normal.

“I didn’t want it to get to this stage but I really miss living a normal life and I really miss all the little things like walking in the fresh air and our Friday family cinema trips,” she said.

“If I can raise the money and get the surgery I will never take life for granted again.”

Carol would like to thank her family, her parents, her friends and the wider public for their support so far as she continues to make strides in her journey back to health.

To donate to Carol’s fundraiser, CLICK HERE

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