Mum's operation plea after little Joy's success
A LITTLE girl who had an operation to repair the hole in her heart a year ago played in the snow without a care yesterday.
Joy Lawlor-Doyle (3) from Carlow town has written her letter to Santa Claus but her relieved parents Gemma and Mark say they have been given the greatest gift of all.
The infant was just two years old when she went under the knife at Crumlin Children's Hospital for heart surgery.
She was left with a scar on her chest, which her mum tells her is a "sign of a great heart". Joy's mother said she hoped yesterday's Budget would not result in longer waiting times for children in need of operations.
Joy waited for months for surgery after she was born with a hole in her heart and a narrow valve.
"I am terrified for other parents out there with the Budget. Three-year-olds don't have votes. Parents of sick children are so upset they are just trying to keep going and can't campaign," said Gemma.
The mother said Joy "turned blue" many times before her operation as her heart failed to pump blood around her body properly.
Yesterday, Joy showed no signs of being affected by the trauma. "We got the list for Santa -- she wants a yo-yo, hailstones and a hammer!" said Gemma.