Top doc in plea over deaf girl.
THE parents of a sevenyear-old girl with a hearing impairment have been advised by a doctor to "beg, borrow or steal" in order to fund essential treatment.
The HSE in Galway cannot provide the treatment because they haven't had a senior audiologist since 2002.
In a scathing letter to Minister for Health Mary Harney, University Hospital Galway consultant Peter Gormley said: "In the interest of the child I have recommended the parents beg, borrow or steal enough money to buy two hearing aids so that her language development does not suffer.
She is entitled to these services free." 1,200 children are on the audiological services list.