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Saturday 17 March 2018

Baby Daniel has further surgery as clots pose new risk

Olivia Kelleher

AN IRISH baby fighting for his life at a Swedish hospital has undergone further surgery after doctors became concerned about the positioning of tubes near his heart.

Daniel Collins from Gurranabraher in Cork city has undergone three procedures in recent days in Stockholm. He is fighting a rare form of the Adenovirus which is impacting massively on his tiny body.

Adenoviruses are a frequent cause of acute upper respiratory tract infections. Daniel contracted a rare form of the virus, which is causing complications.

Daniel was born on June 24 in Cork University Maternity Hospital, a perfectly healthy baby. He woke on July 1 with a high temperature.

His mother Deirdre brought him to the family doctor who acted quickly and sent him directly to Cork University Hospital (CUH). Tests were carried out and showed a slight spot on his lung. He was kept in for observation on the first night to monitor his temperature.


However, as the days went on, his temperature stayed up and he began to deteriorate. The infection he had was slowly affecting his other organs and, on July 10, the doctors thought that they could do no more for Daniel.

Doctors in the neonatal unit at CUH contacted Dr Palle Palmer in the Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden. Dr Palmer is a specialist in Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation.

A team from Sweden came to Cork in the early hours of July 11 and performed a heart and lung bypass operation on Daniel.

The operation was successful and Daniel was transferred to the Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm a few hours later.

Daniel has undergone three operations in Stockholm arising out of complications regarding blood clots. On Sunday evening Daniel had to go in to theatre because tubes that were near his heart had gone too far down.

Family and friends of the family have started a fundraising initiative to cover the Collins's general costs.

Members of the public interested in contributing to the fundraising efforts should contact Daniel's uncle Kenneth Collins at A designated bank account will be set up in the coming days.

Irish Independent

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