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Saturday 23 August 2014

Beautiful baby Leona is Mount Carmel's last baby

Emma Jane Hade

Published 03/02/2014 | 22:19

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03/02/14 Leona Lambe who was born on Friday 31st January and who is the last baby to be born in Mount Carmel Hospital before it closes it's doors later this week... Dublin Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Leona Lambe who was born last Friday is the last baby to be born in Mount Carmel Hospital before it closes it's doors later this week. Photo: Colin Keegan
03/02/14 Martina Ryan and Thomas Lambe from Kilteel, Naas pictured this afternoon at Mount Carmel Hospital with their baby daughter, Leona Lambe who was born on Friday 31st January and who is the last baby to be born in Mount Carmel Hospital before it closes it's doors later this week... Dublin Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Martina Ryan and Thomas Lambe from Kilteel, Naas pictured this afternoon at Mount Carmel Hospital with their baby daughter, Leona Lambe who was born on Friday. Photo: Colin Keegan

This beautiful baby girl was officially the last baby born at Mount Carmel hospital.

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Baby Leona Lambe arrived into the world at the south Dublin hospital last Friday.

Her arrival signalled the final birth at the hospital which closes its doors this week.

Leona's doting father Thomas Lambe paid tribute to the staff at the hospital describing the level of care the family received as “fantastic”.

“It's an absolutely fantastic hospital. I am really, really sad that it has been let go,” he told the Herald.

Some 320 members of staff at Mount Carmel hospital were notified 11 days ago that they were being made redundant as a liquidator had been appointed to the hospital.

The hospital is winding down all non-essential treatments over the coming days but the maternity unit has closed its doors for the last time on Friday.

Leona was born by caesarean section to her mother Martina Ryan on Friday afternoon - two weeks before the birth had been originally scheduled for. 

Leona is the couple's first child and Thomas said that both his partner his tiny daughter are doing “great” and that Leona's already “a daddy's little girl”.

“She is like me, once she has a bottle in her mouth she is happy out,” the proud father joked.

The couple plan to bring their daughter, who weighed in at 6.5lbs, to their Co Kildare home on Wednesday.

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