200km warrior run for CMRF Crumlin
Sometimes the bravest warriors are the littlest humans who come through the doors of CHI at Crumlin. The battles they fight, their heroics and victories may not make the evening news but to their families and friends they are heroes of our time. For Dad John Coughlan, he was inspired by his son Oisín’s resilience to keep going and overcoming the odds.
“I came up with the idea of doing a fundraiser for the month of June because we always wanted to give something back to the amazing team in the Children's Heart Centre in Crumlin. We were there for 74 days with Oisín after he was born, so we wanted to say thank you to them for saving his life.
I had been out walking and running with Oisín in his buggy in the nice weather during May. We thought a running challenge of 200km for the month of June would be a good way to raise some money. I thought it would be something small and that maybe it would bring in €1,000 or €2,000 from family and friends. However it really took off and people got behind Oisín's story, and now we have just broken the €25,000 mark. People have been so kind and generous. It's amazing.
We found out about Oisín's condition at the 21 week scan in Holles Street. He was diagnosed with a Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) known as Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome and Complete Atrioventricular Canal Defect. He also has Down Syndrome. As this is quite a complex combination of issues, we knew he would be in for a difficult start to his life.
During Oisín's time in Crumlin he underwent two heart surgeries as well as battling multiple infections including sepsis, which meant lengthy stays in ICU. He overcame a lot of setbacks and adversity, and although he still has a tough road ahead, he is a strong little warrior. The team in Crumlin took such good care of him and went above and beyond in always wanting the best for Oisín. Myself and my wife Aoife can't speak highly enough about them.
We are back in with the team regularly for checks and appointments and they have become almost like a family to us. The genuine care and kindness they show to Oisín and to ourselves is phenomenal.”
In terms of giving some advice to other parents who are going through similar situations John says “to try to stay as positive as possible. Remember that your child is in the best place and that they are getting the best care and support. Trust the staff and remember they always have the child's best interest at heart. Every day is a blessing and you have to find the goodness in it. Remember that tomorrow is a new day and our little warriors are more resilient than we can ever imagine.”
With your support we will continue to do #WhateverItTakes
To find out more about John’s warrior 200km challenge and to donate click the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/oisins-warrior-run-for-crumlin