Thursday 8 December 2016

Mum praises nurses for help with dying sons

Published 22/11/2016 | 02:30

Lucy Greene and Health Minister Simon Harris during the report launch. Photo: Paul Sherwood
Lucy Greene and Health Minister Simon Harris during the report launch. Photo: Paul Sherwood

A mother who lost two babies to a rare disorder has told of her gratitude for the care and support she received from specialist nurses.

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Lucy Greene's first child Darragh was born in 2008 with neurological abnormalities, which meant he suffered seizures and could not keep down his food. The mum, from Doonbeg, Co Clare, said that back then there was little help available to care for Darragh. Son Ronan was later born with the same condition in 2012.

She then had support of specialist nurses at University Hospital Limerick who are part of the Children's Palliative Care programme.

"The family was able to care for Ronan at home, avoiding the stresses of hospital visits," said Lucy, who has two other healthy sons. She was speaking at the launch of a report titled 'An Evaluation of the Children's Palliative Care Programme', which has helped hundreds of children with life-limiting conditions.

The report, launched by Health Minister Simon Harris, found the programme is "significantly enhancing" the quality of palliative care offered.

Irish Independent

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