Maternity hospital welcomes back first baby

Maternity hospital welcomes back first baby
At the 10th birthday celebrations of Cork University Maternity Hospital was Kacper Ciolek, Kenmare, who was the first baby born at CUMH, with his mother Luiza and sister Nicola.Pic: Denis Minihane.

CORK University Maternity Hospital (CUMH) marked its tenth year of delivery babies by welcoming back the first child ever born at the facility.

Kacper Ciolek celebrated his tenth birthday at a special event at the hospital yesterday.

In a moving ceremony, Kacper handed a lit candle to Jess O'Riordan, the mother of baby Daniel O'Riordan Connolly, who was born yesterday at the hospital, exactly ten years after it opened its doors on March 31, 2007.

In the decade since, the hospital has seen the delivery of 84,163 babies to 82,328 women.

Yesterday's ceremony came just a day after Health Minister Simon Harris announced a €7.5 million capital investment in CUMH's over the next three years, a move welcomed by Professor John R Higgins, clinical director of maternity services in the South/South West Hospital Group.

Prof Higgins said: "The staff here, both past and present have done an incredible service to all the women who have passed our door in the past decade."

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