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Tuesday 20 February 2018

'48 hours away from death' - homeless mother-of-five placed on emergency housing list after near-fatal blood clot

"It literally took for me to nearly die to get on the emergency list"

Edel Dunne & her daughter Mia Burnett at their home in Mulhuddart, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Edel Dunne & her daughter Mia Burnett at their home in Mulhuddart, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Sean Nolan

A mother of five, including a four-week-old baby, has been placed on the emergency housing list after she was 48 hours from death due to a blood clot.

Edel Dunne, 28, revealed in an interview with Pat Kenny on Newstalk this morning that after she almost died from a blood clot she got a call to tell her she was now on the emergency housing list after eight years on the waiting list.

Edel told Kenny how she and her partner Gary and her four boys became homeless 17 months ago when they moved out of unsuitable accommodation in Hartstown.

Edel described how their previous accommodation had "black mould" and "holes in the window" so they had to move out.

Edel Dunne and her partner Gary Burnett with children (L to R) Mia 4 weeks, Jake 5 , Justin 2, John 2 & Gary 7 at their home in Mulhuddart, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Edel Dunne and her partner Gary Burnett with children (L to R) Mia 4 weeks, Jake 5 , Justin 2, John 2 & Gary 7 at their home in Mulhuddart, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

The family moved in with Gary's parents and since then they have lived in the sitting room of their house while their four boys shared a bedroom upstairs with their cousin and uncle.

"It is a lot of strain and stress on us all," said Edel.

Edel also told Kenny that at weekends when other children come to stay there could be 14 people living in the house.

The young mother described how she had been looking for a new home for her family since May 2016 but when prospective landlords heard she had four children they never get a call back.

Edel Dunne and her partner Gary Burnett with children (L to R) Mia 4 weeks, Jake 5 , Justin 2, John 2 & Gary 7 at their home in Mulhuddart, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Edel Dunne and her partner Gary Burnett with children (L to R) Mia 4 weeks, Jake 5 , Justin 2, John 2 & Gary 7 at their home in Mulhuddart, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Things got worse for Edel when she developed a blood clot while pregnant with her fifth child.

Mia was born four weeks ago but last week Edel's right leg felt numb and swelled up and she went to Blanchardstown hospital.

There she was told she had a blood clot from "her toe to the top of her leg" and staff told her she was "48 hours away from death".

While she was still in hospital, her mother was contacted by a local councillor to be told that Edel had been moved onto the emergency housing list in Fingal.

Edel remains bed bound and on crutches due to the pain in her leg.

However, for now, she and her children, including her eldest son Gary (7) who has cerebral palsy, remain in her partner's parent's home.

Edel Dunne and her partner Gary Burnett with daughter Mia at their home in Mulhuddart, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Edel Dunne and her partner Gary Burnett with daughter Mia at their home in Mulhuddart, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

"It literally took for me to nearly die to get on the emergency list," said Edel.

"I just don't know how long I will be on this list."

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