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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Destination Belgrade!

The Water Boss: Mark Keating from Bray just before he sets out on a charity cycle 6000km trip to Belgrade in Serbia. Mark has raised 60,000 euro for 3 Children's Hospitals.
The Water Boss: Mark Keating from Bray just before he sets out on a charity cycle 6000km trip to Belgrade in Serbia. Mark has raised 60,000 euro for 3 Children's Hospitals.

Mary Fogarty

Bray man Mark Keating left his home on the Southern Cross on Monday to set off for Belgrade on his bike.

Bray man Mark Keating left his home on the Southern Cross on Monday to set off for Belgrade on his bike.

He is taking on the epic adventure to raise funds and awareness for both Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin and Temple St. Children's Hospital as well as a children's hospital in Belgrade.

Mark will travel a total of 6,000 km to help the lives of very sick children here in Ireland and in the former Yugoslavia.

'In 1993, I volunteered to spend 18 months with the Red Cross, helping to improve the lives of people and children shattered by the war in the former Yugoslavia,' he said. 'Twenty years on, I would like to use this anniversary as a catalyst to help improve the lives of children here in our Children's hospitals as well as once more helping children in the Former Yugoslavia.'

The two Irish children's hospitals, Temple Street and Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children need vital specialist equipment to help our most sick children in their Intensive Care Units.

At Temple Street hospital the funds will buy a NoxBoxi Nitric Oxide Delivery System which is used for very sick children who are not responding to conventional ventilation. The current systems they have are very basic and labour intensive as they require constant adjustment due to any changes in ventilator settings.

The NoxBoxi is a new 'intelligent' system which monitors the ventilator flow to the patient and automatically makes adjustments to the Nitric Oxide Delivery rate accordingly. In critical situations the use of Nitric Oxide Therapy can be the difference between life and death.

The chosen equipment for Our Lady's Hospital is a bedside Brain Monitor which gives 24 hour real time information on brain function in both hemispheres of the brain and will be used to help assess the condition of very sick new born babies in the intensive care unit, this equipment will reduce the chance of brain damage to very sick children.

The Mother & Baby Hospital in Belgrade performs specialist operations for children from all over the Former Yugoslavia.

In the burns unit they need a new skin graft machine as the present one is 20 years old. This new Skin Graft Mesher will improve the way a skin graft is performed to the burn area and reduce the chance of additional infection to children who have suffered severe burns.

'We have set our sights on raising €26,000 for each of the two Irish Children's Hospitals through much needed donations,' said Mark. 'We will be also raising €4,000 for the Mother & Baby Hospital in Belgrade.'

The local man is also CEO of Whitewater in Sandyford, which will be matching these funds raised towards the overall target of €60,000.

For more information go to www.whitewaterfoundation.org/donate

Bray People

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