Saturday 18 August 2018

Angel Rosabel will help other families who suffer her cruel fate

It is Suzanne and Gary’s “mission” that, starting with UHG, every hospital in Ireland should eventually have a child-focused bereavement room or suite — to be known as ‘Rosabel’s Room’. Stock photo
It is Suzanne and Gary’s “mission” that, starting with UHG, every hospital in Ireland should eventually have a child-focused bereavement room or suite — to be known as ‘Rosabel’s Room’. Stock photo
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

I'd be in that darkest of dark places, a night without end, my head bursting with the worst thoughts imaginable, were such a thing to happen to my daughter. I don't think I could cope with it. I couldn't imagine living in a world without her, without her laughter.

Last Friday I met up with one of my best friends, Suzanne McClean, and her husband, Gary Monroe, in Dublin. They are two of the people I admire most in the world. Once you know their story you will, I feel, join me in admiring Suzanne and Gary, too. On April 21, their 16-month-old daughter Rosabel died in her cot at home in Mincloon, County Galway. There was no reason for their little angel to be so cruelly taken from them. (Her father Gary says Rosabel was an angel who flew too close to the ground.) All these months on, they might never know why Rosabel Mary Monroe - born on the afternoon of January 5, 2016 - died so tragically.

They are about to set up Rosabel's Foundation. Even in death, angel Rosabel will help other families who suffer her cruel fate.

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