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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Family's plea after heirloom is stolen from woman who donated liver part to baby niece

Rosemary and Baby Hannah - whom she donated part of her liver
Rosemary and Baby Hannah - whom she donated part of her liver
Rosemary (centre) wearing the bracelet
Rosemary Gibbons shows family heirloom which was stolen from house
Daire Courtney

Daire Courtney

A Dublin woman who recently donated a part of her liver to her young niece had a family heirloom with huge sentimental value stolen from her house yesterday.

Rosemary Gibbons was given her grandmother’s bracelet as a gift in return for her amazingly selfless gesture in helping to save her baby niece, Hannah.

Rosemary donated a piece of her liver to Hannah three months ago and Hannah, who is just one year old next week, is recovering very well.

Her mother gave her the bracelet as a token of appreciation for saving Hannah’s life.

In an email to the Ray D’Arcy Show on RTE Radio One today, Rosemary’s sister Clodagh said; “My mother wanted to mark my sister’s amazing selfless act.

"And while no material gift could ever do it justice, she passed on that hugely sentimental family bracelet which was stolen yesterday.

Rosemary (centre) wearing the bracelet
Rosemary (centre) wearing the bracelet

"As a family we are worried that this will set back Rosemary’s recovery as she is so upset with not only with the violation of her home but especially of the bracelet. We would appreciate your help in increasing public awareness with the hope of retrieving the bracelet.”

The bracelet is gold and is engraved with the names of Rosemary’s grandparents, Mona and John.

Rosemary Gibbons shows family heirloom which was stolen from house
Rosemary Gibbons shows family heirloom which was stolen from house

It also features important dates to the couple, the first one in 1942 when they met.

“They were the most romantic couple I had ever met,” Rosemary told Ray D’Arcy this afternoon.

Rosemary has lived in her house for 18 years and has never had a break-in before.

She had left the house for two hours to collect her son and visit family when she came home to find that the door had been shouldered in and all of her jewellery gone.

“This bracelet survived a break-in in my grandmother’s house because she had it so well hidden, and it survived a break-in in my parents’ house because my mother had it well hidden. It’s only come to me less than three months ago and now it’s gone," Rosemary said.

“Mum gave it to me and I thought in the future I’d be able to give it on to Hannah as well, because I have just sons.”

Rosemary and her family are appealing to anyone who has seen the bracelet to try to return it.

“Even if they dropped it in my letterbox, or handed it into a police station or anything,” Rosemary added.

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