Childhood illness takes too much
Around 5,000 babies are born each month in Ireland. This December the vast majority of them will go home with their parents in time for Christmas, and will go on to lead long, healthy, happy lives. But, around 100 of these babies will need our help to fight and survive. Some of them will have to fight from their first breath. Others will need medical treatment, hospital stays, and surgeries in their first few months of life. Some will battle acute illness through their childhood.
Oisín arrived seven weeks early, at exactly 33 weeks. He was born in April weighing 4lb 11oz and when he was 10 days old he was rushed to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. “As first-time parents we were petrified – both trying to console each other while thinking the worst but being too afraid to say it. It was the longest day of our lives.” Said Ruth, Oisín’s mum.
Oisín had surgery immediately. He needed an ileostomy (where the small intestine is diverted through a small opening in the tummy called a Stoma). A part of his bowel had died and caused his health to deteriorate rapidly.
In October Oisín had his second surgery to reverse his ileostomy and his mum and dad are delighted to have a healthy, happy baby and dirty nappies! “As first-time parents we never knew what to expect – everyday you’re totally winging it and you don’t really know what your new normal is.” Said Ruth. “Then when you end up in a situation where your child is sick it causes crippling fear and is emotionally, mentally and physically exhausting.
“The care Oisín received in Crumlin has been incredible. The staff are out of this world. They are so professional, caring and kind. They’ve instilled confidence in us and we know if we ever need them they are just a call away. To all the fundraisers and donors who are supporting the hospital, I just want to say thank you and please don’t stop! You’re making such a difference. Crumlin had our back during the worst moment of our lives and we’ll always be grateful. Always!”