Trina Slevin, a County Tipperary mother, has told the press about her joy this week after an anonymous donor stepped forward to pay for her son - who suffers from cerebral palsy and scoliosis - to have a back operation.
Jason Slevin, 19, will graduate from the special needs unit at Killina Presentation School this September. Currently his dual conditions led to his back contorting painfully.
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Jason was scheduled to have his operation in January, but the Tallaght Hospital in Dublin had to postpone that decision due to limited funds. Then his donor stopped forward and the operation itself was completed for free by surgeon Pat Kiely in the Blackrock Clinic in Dublin - where the theatres and other supports were all covered by the anonymous donor.
Trina Slevin told the press: 'Jason will be able to take part in a lot of things now. He does basketball with the Irish Wheelchair Association and up to now wasn't really able to play it properly because he was bent over so much. He is looking forward to going back to that.'
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