Tuesday 23 January 2018

Seriously ill twin winning his battle for life

Ralph Riegel

A THREE-MONTH-OLD baby has made significant progress in winning his battle for life following serious head injuries.

The infant -- one of twin boys born last October -- had been on a ventilator in Dublin's Temple Street Hospital since he was transferred from Cork days ago with bleeding on his brain.

Now he has begun breathing independently of the ventilator -- though he remains seriously ill and will remain under neurological observation for at least another week.

His twin -- who also sustained head injuries -- remains in a stable condition in Cork University Hospital.

Gardai have had preliminary contact with the parents of the twins as they investigate how they could have sustained such serious injuries.

Once both the twins are in stable medical condition, gardai hope to have more detailed talks with the couple.

Detectives also plan to consult with paediatric trauma specialists over precisely how the infant twins could have sustained their head and chest injuries.

The young couple -- a 19 year old woman and her 20-year old partner -- come from a large extended family in a rural part of Cork. The family have declined to comment on the matter.

Irish Independent

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