The last baby born at the controversial Mount Carmel Hospital on Dublin’s southside has come home to Kilteel.
Little Leona was born to Martina Ryan, a native of Murroe, Co. Limerick, and Thomas Lambe. The couple live at Cromwellstown, Kilteel.
Leona was born on Friday, January 31 and her mother was initially unaware that history was in the making.
“I didn’t really know that Leona would be the last baby until the Sunday evening because I was in the High Dependency Unit for the first 24 hours as a result of a blood pressure issue but that’s fine now,” said Martina.
“I wasn’t fully aware of the public interest until the media gathered at the hospital,” the new mum told the Leader.
Leona weighed 6.5 lbs when she arrived at around 12.30pm.
“She will be the last baby born in Mount Carmel and she is in perfectly good health,” said Martina.
She added that the closure was a very sad day because Mount Carmel is a fully functional hospital and it is in perfect condition.
“There was only a handful of staff there before I left now and the atmosphere was very sombre because it was very emotional for those working here,” Martina said lst week.
“I didn’t feel like a patient at all; more like a part of the family of people working there,” added Martina, who added that relations of her partner also used the hospital and the same consultant who practised there.
“We want to express our deepest thanks to all who looked after us. They are in a league of their own and I mean that from from the bottom of my heart; I really feel for them and we have huge gratitude for them.”