Watch: Brave young Cork girl stars in Temple Street series

Watch: Brave young Cork girl stars in Temple Street series
Susan O’Sullivan, Tower with her daughters Ciara Jane and Aoife at Cork University Hospital for the annual Cork City Hospitals Children’s Club annual Christmas day out to the magical winter wonderland at Fota House. Picture Dan Linehan

A BRAVE young Cork girl is starring in the latest episode of an online series by Temple Street Hospital highlighting the life-changing impact donations can have on ill children and their families.

This episode sees viewers introduced to Ciara Jane O’Sullivan, her mum Susan and sister Aoife from Blarney. Just moments after Ciara Jane was born, her mum learned that she had Down Syndrome as well as dangerously low blood sugar levels. It was a hugely traumatic time for the mum who had lost her husband-Ciara Jane and Susan's father Gerad- just a few months before.

When she was just two-days-old, Ciara Jane underwent an operation for a bowel blockage and spent time in Intensive Care where she was cared for around the clock. The little girl, who was later transferred to St.Michael's B Ward, spent a total of seven weeks in hospital in the care of Temple Street’s doctors and nurses.

“Ciara Jane is starting big school this coming September I never thought I’d see the day where she’d be attending mainstream but she came into this world a complete fighter and has had all the right help right from the start!”, Susan said.

Chief Executive of Temple Street Foundation, Denise Fitzgerald thanked Susan for sharing her family's story: "We are immensely grateful to Susan for sharing her family’s emotional Temple Street story with us, to help us raise awareness of the incredible work that happens within the walls of CHI at Temple Street every minute of every day.” 

To support CHI at Temple Street’s life-saving work, visit Temple Street Foundation’s website. To learn more about how to donate click here.

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