Thursday 27 July 2017

Medb Ruane: Why our new children's hospital is a monument to old, discredited politics

My only daughter could have died this month. Fear grips me when I replay the medic's words saying that her burst appendix was life-threatening.

Grace's suffering was savage. Now she's home after nine days on drips, my eyes tear up at the sight of her sparrow frame and gentle, trusting face.

Bernie, another mammy, sent Pat Kenny an emergency story on Wednesday when experts tried to unpick the wisdom behind putting the planned new Children's Hospital at the Mater. This Ma was desperate to get her son to hospital before his appendix burst, but Dublin's traffic and lack of parking almost did him in. She thinks it's crazy to build the Children's Hospital there.

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