Little Ella Hosey was born prematurely on January 14 last year, and was cared for at the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at St Luke’s General Hospital in Kilkenny.
Her parents Paddy Hosey and Eleanor Donoghue were so impressed with the love and care Ella received at the SCBU unit, that they decided to raise money to fund the purchase of additional desirable equipment for the unit. Paddy, Eleanor and their friends Seamie Doyle and Tom Donoghue decided to organise the Bennekerry Roadrunners Tractor Run last December and they raised €5,252 .
Every year, 2000 babies are born in St Luke’s hospital. The €5,252 raised will allow the purchase of two portable Oxygen monitors.
These two new portable Oxygen monitors will allow every baby born in St Luke’s to have their oxygen levels checked before they leave the hospital. This will help detect critical heart defects before babies become unwell and allow rapid assessment and treatment.
Babies born in St Luke’s Hospital will now receive the most up to date care and technology available, according to international best practice and thanks in no small way to the Bennekerry Roadrunners Tractor Run which will now be an annual event in the calender.