THERE will be more than a few teary eyes as baby Leona Lambe is sent home from hospital today.
The four-day-old baby was the last to be born at the private Mount Carmel Hospital in Churchtown, Dublin, before it closes its doors.
Leona was born by Caesarean-section to her mother Martina Ryan on Friday afternoon – two weeks before the birth had been originally scheduled.
Staff made the decision to bring the date forward to facilitate the family with the birth before operations begin to wind down there this week.
Leona's father Thomas Lambe paid tribute to the staff at the hospital yesterday and described the care they provided to his family during their stay there as "fantastic".
"I am really, really sad that it has been let go," he said.
"You wouldn't get this kind of service in a hotel."
A total of 320 staff members at Mount Carmel hospital were notified 11 days ago that they were being made redundant as a liquidator had been appointed to the hospital.
The hospital is winding down all non-essential treatments over the coming days, but the maternity unit closed its doors for the last time on Friday.