Thursday 22 February 2018

'She was so full of life' - Heartbroken mum pays tribute to Erin (10) who passed away after heart surgery

Erin (10) passed away after major heart surgery
Erin (10) passed away after major heart surgery
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

The heartbroken mother of a ten-year-old girl who passed away last week has said that her daughter was "always so full of life".

Christine Lees, from Co Dublin, was left devastated when her daughter Erin (10) didn't survive a major heart surgery.

Brave Erin was was born with a heart condition and underwent four heart surgeries.

The ten-year-old had recently been doing well and doctors said she was at her strongest.

Erin (10) passed away last week
Erin (10) passed away last week

Tragically, after undergoing major heart surgery, Erin passed away on June 27.

"My daughter Erin passed away last week after a major heart surgery at Crumlin hospital.

"She suffered from heart failure and was put on an ECMO machine to help pump blood through her body. Unfortunately Erin didn't make it," mum Christine told

"She always needed this major heart surgery and we felt that it was a good time as she was at her strongest. We knew there were risks but she had to have the surgery.

"Unfortunately she ran into difficulty and she died after the surgery."

Christine said that Erin was "full of life" and loved singing and dancing.

"She was very funny. The garden was always filled with kids and adults chatting and playing with her."

The grieving mum, who has a son Cameron (12), said that the family are trying their best to cope after Erin's death.

"Cameron misses Erin. He has her blankets from the ICU that still have her blood on it, but he won't let me wash them, because he wants something of Erin's."

Erin was cremated so the family could have her close.

"We wanted to take her home and have her with us."

In her daughter's memory, Christine is fundraising to buy an extra ECMO machine for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.

At Erin's funeral last week, the family asked for donations instead of flowers and raised over €1,000 to buy a new machine.

"The staff at Crumlin were excellent to Erin. We wanted to do something to thank them so we're fundraising to buy a new ECMO machine.

"It's a life-saving machine and the hospital could always do with extra resources. We want to pay back Crumlin for all the care and love they gave to Erin."

The ECMO machine, which costs €70,000, acts as a “pump” the circulate blood through the body.

In a statement, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin (OLCHC) said that they appreciate the family's efforts.

"We appreciate all the time and effort that our families put into fundraising for the hospital. We are extremely grateful for their support."

You can donate to the family here

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