Baby Daniel beats off rare life-threatening virus
Published 09/08/2010 | 05:00
AN Irish baby has beaten a potentially life-threatening respiratory virus but still remains on a heart-and-lung bypass machine in Sweden.
Daniel Collins, from Gurranabraher in Cork city, was born on June 24 at Cork University Maternity Hospital.
He was in good health and was taken home by his parents Deirdre and Vincent a few days later.
However, within a week he developed a high temperature and began to show signs of a rare and complicated form of the Adeno virus.
Medical experts from Sweden flew to Cork to perform a life-saving heart-and-lung bypass on Daniel, who was later transferred to the Karolinska hospital in Stockholm for treatment.
Kenneth Collins, an uncle of baby Daniel, said the Adeno virus was no longer present.
"This means that as Daniel's body is no longer fighting the virus, he can now concentrate on getting better," Mr Collins said. "However, this depends on how bad Daniel's lungs have been affected.
"His doctors have recently stated that his lung function has slightly improved. Part of the right lung has opened up, but the left lung has been badly damaged and is still very swollen.
"There are talks that a biopsy may be undertaken next week in order to assess the extent of the damage to the left lung," he added.
His nephew will remain on the heart-and-lung bypass machine until doctors feel that he is able to breathe on his own.
A fundraising night is being held in the Templeacre Tavern, Gurranabraher, Cork, on Friday, as, although the hospital has provided accommodation for Daniel's parents -- who are by their son's side on a constant basis -- there are still day-to-day costs to meet over the next few weeks or months.
The 'Swim a Mile for Daniel' swimathon is also being held in Churchfield Leisureworld Complex in Cork on Sunday.
A special bank account has also been opened up in Daniel's name at the AIB Blackpool branch in Cork. The account number for donations is 33487062 and the sort code is 934054.