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Cash plea as Dan fights for his life

THE friends and family of a baby fighting for his life in a Swedish hospital have started a fundraising initiative.

Baby Daniel Collins, from Gurranbraher in Cork city, has undergone further surgery after doctors became concerned about the positioning of tubes near his heart.

The infant has undergone three procedures in recent days in Stockholm.

He is fighting a rare form of the Adenovirus which is making it impossible for him to breathe unassisted.

Adenoviruses are a frequent cause of acute upper respiratory tract (URT) infections. Daniel contracted a rare form of the virus which is causing massive complications.


Daniel was born healthy on June 24 in Cork University Maternity Hospital.

He woke on July 1 with a high temperature. He was treated at hospital, but continued to deteriorate.

Doctors in the neonatal unit at Cork University Hospital contacted Dr Palle Palmer in the Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden. Dr Palmer is a specialist in Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation.

A team from Sweden came to Cork in the early hours of July 11 and performed a heart and lung bypass operation on Daniel. The operation was successful and Daniel was transferred to the Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm a few hours later to facilitate his continued assessment by specialists. Daniel's parents, Deirdre and Vincent, followed over to be with their son.

Daniel's care is covered by the HSE and the hospital in Sweden is providing accommodation for his parents. However, friends have started a fundraising bid to cover general costs at kencollins149@gmail.com.

A bank account will be set up soon.