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From Adam – a life-saving gift in memory of garda mum

PINT-SIZED Commissioner Adam McCabe reported for duty at Garda Headquarters where he donated two state-of-the-art incubators to two hospitals in memory of his mother.

Garda Sergeant Tania McCabe died just hours after giving birth to Adam and his twin brother Zach at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth, in 2007.

Tragically Zach also passed away in his mother's arms while Adam was rushed to the National Maternity Hospital at Holles Street in Dublin where he spent the first three months of his life.

Tania's husband Aidan McCabe, also a garda, yesterday brought Adam to the Phoenix Park where they officially handed over two €42,000 incubators to staff from the two hospitals.

And little Adam (5) could be a garda in the making as he borrowed Commissioner Martin Callinan's cap and gave a regulation salute to assembled press photographers.

The foundation, set up in his mother Tania's name, which counts broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan as its patron, has so far raised just over €100,000 and intends to continue fund-raising.

"Adam was born at 27 weeks and he was just slightly over a kilo in weight so that's less than a bag of sugar," recalled Mr McCabe.

"To see him today, he's fighting fit, he's super," he said.

"Like a lot of people, I didn't know a lot about . . . these special baby units. Somebody's niece, nephew, grandson, son, daughter could be in one in the future but at least they'll be in one of these incubators," he said.

Chairman of the Foundation and Tania's father-in-law, Philip McCabe, told how his son spent the months after his wife's death shuttling from Adam's bedside in Dublin to their home in Drogheda to care for the couple's toddler son, Ben.

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"This is a very emotional day for all of us. When we lost Tania it was a very difficult time, as you can appreciate. Aidan decided to do something positive out of it."

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