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We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those (before & after) Eibhlín’s passing for their support.
First and foremost to our family, friends, neighbours, colleagues & Eibhlín's godparents whose presence makes each day more special and fruitful in the face of this tragedy. While often taken for granted, we want you to know how much your support has meant to us and we will come through this stronger as a result of your being there at every stage.
A special thank you to Dr. Edel McAteer whose continued support both professionally and personally has kept us strong through this difficult time. Edel has gone above and beyond what we ever expected and given of her time so generously throughout this journey.
The following was posted on Facebook shortly after Eibhlín’s birth. It was a thank you to all those nurses and midwives who looked after the three of us.
“To the Midwives and nurses of Holles St (and everywhere) a huge thank you. Your care, understanding and attention you show is unbelievable. The last few days have been life-changing for us and you all were there to support both Louise and I with that. As some of you know (most by now but don't worry pics will no doubt follow) on Thursday morning at half 9 Louise and I had a little baby daughter who we have named Eibhlín. As I write this she is sleeping beside us and all we can do is stare and love her. A journey now begins into a new chapter of life…. However this post is not about us but to thank from the bottom of our hearts the midwives and nurses who work so hard to ensure mum, baby and dad's needs are met. ..... Without fuss, annoyance or any sense of inconvenience these staff give so much of themselves and I won't believe anyone who claims it's just a job! From what I saw it's a job no one could do in a mechanistic way. It really is amazing what they do...”
Since Eibhlín's Passing
Tallaght Hospital - Dr. Turlough Bolger, Consultant Paediatrician, and all his team in A&E, who tried their very best to save our little Eibhlín. Ms. Sally Phalan, one of the Chaplains who stayed up with us in the early hours after Eibhlín's passing. Her time was given so graciously and without haste. Ms. Niamh O'Rourke Medical Social Worker, who is helping us through this journey.
Crumlin Hospital - Dr. Michael McDermott, Consultant Histopathologist who has been so generous with his time and put us in touch with the Rainbow Clinic Team - Professor Karina Butler, & Dr. Cilian O'Maoldomhnaigh who helped us with refining some of the content of Eibhlín's website.
The National Maternity Hospital - Dr. Rhona Mahony Master of NMH & Consultant Obstetrician, Dr. Mary Higgins Consultant Obstetrician, Dr. Susan Knowles Consultant Microbiologist, Dr. John Murphy Consultant Neonatologist, Dr. Anna Curley Consultant Neonatologist and Ms. Mary Brosnan Director of Nursing and Midwifery for all their support in Eibhlín's legacy, and helping us to achieve some aims in Eibhlín's memory. We know your upset at this tragedy and we welcome the efforts you have taken to support Eibhlín's website. We thank you for your continued commitment to facilitate tangible change going forward.
UCD National Virus Reference Laboratory - Dr. Cillian De Gascun, Consultant Virologist & Laboratory Director, who kindly helped us in compiling the statistics of Neonatal Herpes. Cillian not only has supported us with collating statistical data but also has been so generous with his time both on email and in person.
National Paediatric Mortality Register - Dr. Cliona McGarvey of the NPMR who rapidly forwarded statistical information relevant to the website.
Central Statistics Office - Amanda Lucey who provided concise and relevant information in relation to the Herpes virus and recorded deaths for this website.
First Light - For the ongoing support and counselling we have received since Eibhlín's passing.