'The love and the care he got there oozes out of him' - Parents of baby who spent five months in hospital
The family of a young boy who was born "perfect" in their eyes but was soon rushed to Temple Street hospital where he stayed for five months have shared their story online.
Ruadhán Kerins was born on his parents wedding anniversary before Christmas in 2015- but the day after he was born, medical staff began to realise that something was wrong.
"It was the perfect day, everything seemed to be perfect. And then, on day two, everything started to go wrong," mum Ciara said in an emotional video tribute.
"I didn’t know what she was doing at first, but it turned out she was checking his sugars," said Ruadhán's father Alan, a former Galway dual player.
We are honoured to share wonderful Ruadhán Kerins' story, who was treated here when he was just a tiny baby. This video is part of our 'Living Proof' series, highlighting the impact that donations have on the lives of children in Temple Street https://t.co/jJPDIxmfzC @alankerins— Temple Street (@Temple_Street) September 5, 2018
"Then she turned to us in panic and said, ‘This baby has to go to intensive care."
Ruadhán was diagnosed with 'hyperinsulinism’, which means his pancreas was producing dangerous levels of insulin. He remained in Temple Street hospital for five months, something that his parents found difficult to see.
"We didn’t know much about the illness, so we just said we’d try and be his mum and dad," Ciara said.
"We just said we were going to stop going in and asking about the illness, they look after that and we just try and emotionally support him."
Shortly after, the family found out that Ruadhán required specialist surgery in Manchester to remove almost 95pc of his pancreas.
The worried parents said they "broke into tears" when the doctor told them they only had to remove 3pc in the end.
"We got a miracle in the end, we could smile again," Ciara said.
"I remember one special day, the first day we could hold him ourselves without anything. It was a massive day for him, for us."
Alan and Ciara have now paid tribute to Temple Street, praising the staff for the love he received while in their care almost three years ago.
Temple Street was home for us, and the love and the care he got there oozes out of him," said Ciara.
"It's in his smile and his character. Words can’t describe how grateful we are to them for what they have done for Ruadhán – for saving his life."