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Parents wait in hope for baby Henry's operation

HE'S just 11 weeks old and had open-heart surgery three days after he was born.

But his second life-saving operation was cancelled last Friday because of a bed shortage in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin. Baby Henry has a rare condition called hypoplastic left heart syndrome, where the left side of the heart is severely underdeveloped.

His father, Cian O'Daly (28) from Dublin, told the Irish Independent yesterday how his wife Andrea "cried uncontrollably" the morning after they were told about their options.

With a total of three operations required, Henry is scheduled to have his second surgery this morning -- and Cian is just hoping they won't be turned away again.

"His surgery is vitally important, and every day that goes by, there is more danger," said Cian.

"I've heard of people's surgeries being cancelled, but when it hits you -- it's absolutely unbearable."

Irish Independent