Monday 22 December 2014

Holles Street saved my child, says Miriam O’Callaghan

Published 02/03/2012 | 05:00

Miriam O'Callaghan with Dr Rhona Mahony, Master of the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, holding four-month-old Ariane Cooke, who was born 12 weeks premature last November

RTE star Miriam O'Callaghan credits the life of her eighth child to the National Maternity Hospital.

The RTE presenter said she spent five months at Holles Street maternity hospital in Dublin during her pregnancy with her youngest child, Jamie (5).

"I thought I was going to lose my baby," she said of her experience with the life-threatening complication placenta previa.

"But they looked after me so well," she said yesterday at the launch of a new charitable foundation that aims to help modernise the hospital.

"I think places like this need as much funding as they can get. And the way our society works at the moment is they can't get it all from central funding," she added.

The hospital's Master, Dr Rhona Mahony (41), said it hopes to raise between €5m and €10m over the next seven years in order to upgrade the Victorian hospital.

The National Maternity Hospital Foundation will fundraise in order to upgrade and refurbish the Neonatal unit, buy an MRI scanner and fund research and further education for staff.

Dr Mahony revealed that the hospital was facing "a few million" in additional cuts in state funding, while also dealing with a baby boom.

The Foundation will kick off its inaugural fundraiser with a fashion show at the National Gallery of Ireland on March 30.

More information is available by logging onto foundationfashionshow

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