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Sunday 22 April 2018

Crumlin baby heart unit gets a new €4.5m boost

AFTER years of children with heart problems spending long months in cramped conditions in Crumlin, the future is bright.

Up to now there were just seven heart monitors available despite the number of children needing them often exceeding that.

In this new specialist €4.5m heart unit, nurses will have enough space for everybody.

Tara Moore had hardly recovered from giving birth to daughter Holly when she was forced to sleep on a chair by her ill baby's bedside.

The mother-of-three from Co Offaly travelled with Holly, who had a life-threatening heart defect, from Holles St maternity hospital to Crumlin just five hours after giving birth.

Holly ended up having heart surgery at just three-days-old and her mother spent over four months in the cramped and outdated facilities in Crumlin helping staff to look after her.

"You cannot sleep because of monitors going off," said Tara who has been back to Crumlin twice since as Holly, who will need a transplant, had two more heart operations.

"The overcrowding made a difficult situation so much harder," she added.

"You are terrified that your child will catch some killer infection."

PLIGHT

HER PLIGHT WAS SHARED BY MORE THAN 550 PARENTS EVERY YEAR WHO HAD TO SLEEP ON CHAIRS AND HARD FLOORS, IN SOME CASES THIS WAS AFTER A MOTHER HAD SUFFERED A DIFFICULT BIRTH.

But thanks to the generosity of the public the days of tripping over equipment and ward gridlock are over.

The 25-bed unit was built from public donations after the HSE pulled out of a promise to fund it in 2008.

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