The father of a teenage girl who is awaiting a liver transplant has said his daughter missed an opportunity to receive a transplant last night due to a lack of resources.
Fourteen-year-old Maeve McGiveran from Ballynamore in Co Leitrim has been on a transplant list at the Great Ormonde Street Hospital in London since last August.
At around 7.30pm last night, the family received a call saying a liver was available for Maeve, but unfortunately the air corps could not collect her. It is believed the corps was occupied out of the country on official business with the President at the time.
The coastguard then offered its assistance, but would not have been able to make it to London until around 3.30am, too late to proceed with the transplant.
Maeve's father Joe, said the Department of Health had to review the protocols in place for these types of situations.
He said: "We're still trying to come to terms with what has happened, and also that if this had been a life-threatening situation, we would have a dead child here this morning."