Cork baby Conor had his first surgery when he was 11 hours old

Cork baby Conor had his first surgery when he was 11 hours old
A Cork mum is urging people to support CMRF Crumlin after the hospital saved her baby's life.

The Children's Medical & Research Foundation at Crumlin has a personal connection for Tina, whose baby was treated in Crumlin for most of his first year of life. 

Tina Falvey has lauded the medical team at Crumlin for the superb care they gave her son.

"Our little superhero Conor turned one year old on May 31st this year. 

"He would not be here today without the team in Crumlin," she said

When Conor was born he was very quickly diagnosed with a couple of medical conditions, including a Tracheo-oesophageal Fistula, meaning his oesophagus wasn’t formed properly and his first surgery took place when he was just 11 hours old.

"I couldn’t go to Crumlin with him as I’d had a caesarean section, but his dad was there with him the entire time," Tina said

"Over the course of the last 12 months he’s had eight surgeries, three trips to the PICU and a collapsed lung thrown in for good measure," she continued.

With two older children to look after commuting to and from Dublin on such a frequent basis was challenging for the family.

During this time, Tina said that hospital staff were an incredible support.

"The small touches like the slice of toast brought to you in the morning as you have a sleeping sick baby on your chest, the toys they give out to the kids whenever they can and even the neonatal hats and booties that are donated is what makes this community stand out from any other," she said. 

"They go above and beyond every time."

Fortunately, Conor is now in good health, despite a tough start to life.

"He's been through so much but he’s even stronger for it," Tina said. 

Tina's husband along with some friends formed a guitar club called The Wildfire Guitar Club and recently participated in a charity gig managing to raise €2,500.

She is urging other people to support the charity if possible. 

Online donations can be made to www.cmrf.org/donate

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