The family of an 11-year-old girl, who was born with profound developmental delay, is running a campaign to raise funds so that they can care for her at home.
Sinead Donoghue from Moorefield Park in Newbridge is aunty to Olivia Doyle, who currently requires round the clock palliative care, at a cost of €4,200 per week.
“A nurse costs €25 per hour, €600 per day and €4,200 per week,” said Sinead who is running a Tractor Rally in Sarsfields next Sunday, February 16 from 11am to help fund raise.
“This works out at €70,000 a year. The HSE aren’t providing any nursing at home and once you get over four years Jack and Jill nursing no longer applies - we are really on our own. My sister Emma - Olivia’s mum - is doing the nursing herself but she needs help.”
At the moment Olivia is stable but she is prone to catching infection which often leads to pneumonia. Olivia also has epilepsy, scoliosis, and she is visually impaired. She suffered a stroke when she was three-years-old and has been in intensive care 12 times. “It is a nasty cycle that we are in at the moment,” she added. “She gets pneumonia a lot due to her lungs which brings on a seizure and then an infection.”
Oilvia, who now lives in Trim, Co Meath was receiving palliative care in Crumlin Children’s Hospital but prefers being at home.
“She is happy to be at home and it means that her mum is not pulled in every direction.”
The family have raised just under €10,000 already thanks to a number of drives locally including bag packing and people coming together including Olivia’s old classmates and teachers at Scoil na Naomh Uilig.“People are brilliant,” added Sinead. To donate at BOI under Olivia Doyle Sort Code 90-52-72, account number 96368386 -firstname.lastname@example.org.