WHEN Sive McDonald was born a year ago weighing less than a pound, her chances of survival were unclear, but now the infant is thriving. As a way of saying thanks to Waterford Regional Hospital, a local fundraising effort has brought in e10,000 for the hospital’s neonatal unit.
“They weren’t expecting her to live, but she’s flying it,” said Sive’s mother, Aisling, who works at Aut Even Hospital in Kilkenny. “She’s a little bit behind for her age, but she’s a feisty little thing.”
Aisling spent 10 days in the hospital after her daughter’s birth last June, and Sive was looked after there for five months before coming home to Kilkenny in November.
So in February, a fundraiser was held in the Ormonde Hotel in which 80 to 100 participants took up the challenge on the treadmill, bike, rowing machine or cross-trainer machines. Thanks to the sponsorship of their workouts and a raffle held on the day, the event took in e10,000.
“It was just to give something back to the ICU,” Ms McDonald said. “When we brought her home, we just said ‘Thanks’ and that was it. There is also a feeling of closure to know that we are giving something back.”