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Monday 25 September 2017

Dragons' Den star praises hospice staff for care of husband

10-05-12: Business woman and former nurse Norah Casey speaking at the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) Annual Delegate Conference at the Killarney Convention Centre on Thursday. Picture: Eamonn Keogh (MacMonagle, Killarney)
10-05-12: Business woman and former nurse Norah Casey speaking at the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) Annual Delegate Conference at the Killarney Convention Centre on Thursday. Picture: Eamonn Keogh (MacMonagle, Killarney)
Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

The 'Dragons' Den' star told the INMO conference in Killarney that she and her late husband, Richard Hannaford, had endured months of bad luck after his cancer diagnosis until they found Blackrock Hospice.

She said the hospice had given him a beautiful death and prepared her and her son Dara for it.

"We had months of going around oncology units and I always thought that being a nurse I would be able to cope very readily with that," she said. "We had such bad luck -- every time he was scanned they found more cancer -- until we discovered Blackrock."

Mr Hannaford (49) had been diagnosed with the disease just four months before his death and initially both he and his wife had been reluctant to seek hospice care.

"It was only because he had terrible bone pain that's difficult to treat with morphine we heard through a very good friend about Dr Paul Gregan, the guy running Blackrock Hospice, and we came to talk to him about pain control."

Ms Casey said she found it an odd thing to say that she felt lucky to have found Blackrock, as she was one who had always proclaimed that the concept of a beautiful death was vastly overrated.

Irish Independent

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