Friday 20 April 2018

#Crumlin trends on Twitter as Ireland reacts to 'heartbreaking' RTE documentary

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

RTE's documentary on Crumlin Children's Hospital had Ireland in tears yesterday as the stories of young children battling cancer were aired in the documentary by Anna Rodgers.

Legendary broadcaster Miriam O' Callaghan retweeted a tweet which said that Anna Rodgers and her colleagues "deserve huge credit" for their "powerful and important storytelling".

Many Twitter users wrote that the program brought them to tears, while others added that the "incredible" children made them "realise how lucky" they are.

Family and friends of cancer patient Lucy, featured in the documentary, tweeted links to a fundraising campaign with the hashtag #ISupportLucy

'Crumlin' is a four-part series, focusing on paediatric care, which was filmed over eight months in Crumlin Children's Hospital.

Each episode is centered around a different department - Cardiology, Intensive Care; Haematology/Oncology; and Dermatology/Plastics. Last night's episode was the third in the series, focused on the Haematology/Oncology ward, which deals with almost 200 cases of childhood cancer every year. .

The first episode dealt with Zack Murphy, whose mother Aoife was offered the option of a termination when he was diagnosed antenatally with 'hypoplastic left heart, dextrocardia and situs inversus' - meaning his organs are the wrong way around and his heart sits on the wrong side.

Episode two covered the Intensive Care Unit in the Children's Hospital, telling the story of Jessica Hill, a baby hoping for a heart transplant and Megan Rogers, a baby who faced open heart surgery days after birth.

Rodgers is the documentary-maker behind the acclaimed 'Hold On Tight', a documentary exploring lives of LGBT couples in Ireland before the marriage referendum.

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