Fintan O’Toole: What is this country if it allows torment of children with scoliosis?

Children are still in agony, and forced to display their suffering on the airwaves

Leo Varadkar in 2017, the year he told  the Dáil that, having seen children with scoliosis when he was a medical student: ‘I vowed to myself that if I ever had the privilege to hold political office, to be minister for health or taoiseach, I would try to do something about this.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Leo Varadkar in 2017, the year he told the Dáil that, having seen children with scoliosis when he was a medical student: ‘I vowed to myself that if I ever had the privilege to hold political office, to be minister for health or taoiseach, I would try to do something about this.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sometimes words really do fail us. There are truths that can be articulated only in a heart-wrenching sigh.

We heard that sound last week on RTÉ radio when Christine Terry was talking to Brian O’Connell about the torture her 10-year-old son, Adam, is enduring because he cannot get the treatment he needs for his scoliosis. 

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