Sinead is 'blessed' with a full recovery after brain illness
TV3 breakfast show presenter Sinead Desmond's healthy glow yesterday was testament to her full recovery from a brain haemorrhage two years ago.
But, after receiving emergency treatment that prevented serious complications, she knows she is among the lucky ones who emerge unscathed with no brain damage or other ill effects.
"I have been blessed with a 100pc recovery," she said. "I met people since who had similar brain haemorrhages and suffered from brain injuries. The recovery can be tough.
"When I suffered the haemorrhage, I was on air and I felt a pain in the back of my neck, similar to the kind of cramp you can get swimming.
"I remember saying to (co-presenter) Mark Cagney during a break that I think I should lie down. I was rushed to Tallaght Hospital and then to Beaumont Hospital, where I was given great care."
Sinead said all of her care was through the public health system and it saved her life. She was speaking at the opening of the first drop-in centre for people with neurological disorders, which include epilepsy, stroke, acquired brain injury, multiple sclerosis, dementia and motor neurone disease.
The centre, which relies on fundraising to be able to provide its services, is housed within the Dublin Neurological Institute at the Mater Hospital in Eccles Street.
People with neurological conditions can call in without having to be referred by a GP. They will be able to speak to a specialist nurse, and get free medical information and support.
There are around 21 neurologists in Ireland, or one per 210,000 people. There should be one per 50,000.