Soldiers who fought Gaddafi to get care in Limerick

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

UP TO 20 casualties of the Libyan conflict are due to fly into Shannon Airport in the coming days and receive specialist surgery for their war wounds in Barringtons in Limerick, if the private hospital can accommodate their medical requests.

UP TO 20 casualties of the Libyan conflict are due to fly into Shannon Airport in the coming days and receive specialist surgery for their war wounds in Barringtons in Limerick, if the private hospital can accommodate their medical requests.

The Limerick Leader understands the wounded, who fought to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi, will require surgery as a result of gunshot wounds and grenade blasts, and may also require plastic surgery.

Abdullah Elneihum, of the Libyan Health Office of Ireland, confirmed that the casualties were due to arrive this week, but their travel plans have temporarily been disrupted by “technical issues.”

Denis Cahalane, managing director of Barringtons hospital, said they will welcome the opportunity to look after the wounded, provided they can help them.

The Libyan State is paying for the full cost of medical treatment, which may see patients spending up to six weeks in Limerick, where they will also stay in a city hotel during their recuperation period.

The hotel has declined to comment to safeguard any security threats the wounded may face here, but confirmed they are expecting these guests.

Barringtons, as well as the Bon Secours hospital in Galway and the Galway clinic will be the first three private Irish hospitals accepting casualties from Libya.

*A full version of this story was published in the Limerick Leader, print edition, dated December 3, 2011