CF unit now 'presidential suite' as €1.4m facility opens
WHEN Bevin Murphy made her frequent trips to hospital as a baby her parents slept on thin mats on the floor of the ward beside her bed, writes Mark Hilliard.
She was only a few months old when she was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis and her family learnt this would mean several yearly trips to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin, Dublin.
Yesterday, the 17-year-old had the honour of welcoming President Mary McAleese to open the hospital's four segregation units.
With up to five visits a year, Bevin has a personal interest in the new rooms, comparing them to a type of 'presidential suite'.
"It's made the hospital a much brighter place for me and all the other CF patients," she said.
The €1.4m facility will greatly enhance the hospital visits of patients and their families. The four new isolation rooms are kitted out with en-suite facilities, a parent's lounge and fold out beds so nobody has to sleep on the floor again.