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Cork mum calls for Crumlin donations

Thursday, 29th November, 2018 9:10am

A Cork widow and mother of two sick daughters has called for donations to be made to help Ireland’s sickest children this Christmas.

Susan O’Sullivan has asked the public to give generously to Children's Medical & Research Foundation (CMRF) Crumlin this festive season to help with what can be a very challenging time of year for families with sick children.

Susan’s first daughter Aoife was born with a serious heart condition, while her second daughter Ciara Jane has Down Syndrome.

Two weeks before Aoife’s first birthday, Susan’s husband sadly passed away.

Almost 11,000 children are expected to visit Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin over the Christmas period.

Susan said: “Having a sick child, especially over the Christmas period, is one of the most difficult things for a family to go through. CMRF Crumlin raises vital funds for Our Lady’s and the National Children’s Research Centre. It receives no Governmental funding and relies entirely on public donations.

“When I was pregnant with Aoife, we found out she had Shone’s Complex, a serious heart condition. To be honest, the journey with my two little angels hasn’t been easy. Aoife was born in Dublin and was taken to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin within an hour.

“They monitored her in Crumlin and she had her heart surgery two days after she was born,” added Susan.

She and her husband had been trying to have a child for a long time when she learned that she was pregnant with Aoife.

Susan said: “We had given up hope after nearly ten years of trying. You’re nervous as a parent anyway and with Aoife’s heart, we were especially worried. Her dad passed away two weeks before she turned one. I find it really hard to answer when she asks me why she doesn’t have her dad but now she will tell you that her dad is in heaven helping God with his car.”

One in every hundred children are born with a structural heart defect. CMRF Crumlin is calling on the public to support the almost 11,000 children visiting the hospital over the Christmas period by donating whatever they can on cmrf.org/donate.

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