Monday 11 December 2017

Midwife 'shocked and angry' after €500 worth of 'life-saving' equipment stolen from car

Midwife Liz Halliday was shocked and angry when her car was broken into
Midwife Liz Halliday was shocked and angry when her car was broken into
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

A midwife was left "shocked and angry" after her car was broken into and "life-saving" equipment was stolen.

Liz Halliday, who works as a private midwife, was at an antenatal appointment in Stoneybatter, Co Dublin, when her equipment was stolen from her car on June 26.

An image of one of the suitcases stolen from the car
An image of one of the suitcases stolen from the car

"At around 3pm, someone smashed my car window and reached in and took two suitcases filled with my equipment.

"The equipment is life-saving and has no benefit to anyone else. It was probably just thrown into a skip when they realised it was only useful to midwifes."

Approximately €500 worth of equipment was stolen including masks for resuscitation, IV fluid bags, delivery kits and suture kits.

A number of personal items were also stolen.

An image of one of the suitcases stolen from the car
An image of one of the suitcases stolen from the car

"You can't put a price on these things."

Ms Halliday said she feels "violated" since the robbery.

"I was shocked and angry because my car has a sticker that says I'm a midwife so they knew the items were important. I also feel violated.

"I find it very hard to leave my emergency equipment in the car now but I need to always have them in case anything happens at my appointments.

"I haven't seen any of the items since. I'm hoping someone will bring them back once they realise how important they are."

Gardai in Bridewell confirmed that they are investigating a theft from a car at Viking Place, Stoneybatter at 3pm on 26th June 2017.

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