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Laura and Johnny Heffernan with their sons at baby Nina's bedside in Crumlin Children's Hospital

Laura and Johnny Heffernan with their sons at baby Nina's bedside in Crumlin Children's Hospital

Laura and Johnny Heffernan with their sons at baby Nina's bedside in Crumlin Children's Hospital

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A Dundalk family have appealed for prayers as their 15 month old baby daughter battles to overcome serious illness.

Little Nina Heffernan has been in ICU at Crumlin Children's Hospital for the last few months, after she was diagnosed with heart failure and cardiomyopathy.

Although her worried family had hoped her condition was improving last month, she has continued to face a series of infections.

"We are asking for prayers right now," said mum Laura. "Nina has been going through a really tough time."

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A candle lighting ceremony was held for baby Nina in Market Square last weekend, with appeals for people to hold the family in their thoughts at this time.

“She is our little warrior” said Laura. “But we really need all the prayers we can get.”

Nina has faced a tough journey, which began even before she was born, as her need for help with her heart was recognised. When she was only days old, she had a pacemaker fitted. But, facing additional complications, she was admitted to ICU at Crumlin Children’s Hospital, where her family say she will remain indefinitely awaiting a heart transplant.

Nina's condition saw her admitted to hospital more than ten times in the past year for a chronic vomiting problem and she spent six weeks in the Children’s Heart Centre.

She received a gastronomy tube in January, but the issues continued, which led to the decision to operate again.

The operation took its toll on her heart, and as a result, Nina went into heart failure and has cardiomyopathy.

Little Nina's fight for survival has inspired a number of fundraising events, including an upcoming sky dive which Dean Duffy, from Farndreg is planning for September 3rd.

All funds raised will go towards the Gofundme campaign set up by Laura’s friends to support the Heffernan family during this difficult time, as they have also had to relocate from Dundalk to Dublin to remain near Nina, resulting in their inability to work full-time.

Funds will go to pay for unknown costs of care now and in the future and to support Nina’s mother Laura, father Johnny and their two young boys.

The family have thanked everyone who had supported them “from the bottom of our hearts.”

To support baby Nina and the Heffernan family log on to  https://www.gofundme.com/f/ninas-need-for-a-heart?qid=40140a7fe1c257af8cb102606db38854



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