Donegal mothers to meet with Health Minister

Danny O'Carroll and Amanda Woods from 'Mrs. Brown's Boys' recently met with children with life-limiting or highly complex medical needs, including this little boy from Donegal.
Danny O'Carroll and Amanda Woods from 'Mrs. Brown's Boys' recently met with children with life-limiting or highly complex medical needs, including this little boy from Donegal.
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A group of Donegal mothers is to visit the Minister for Health Leo Varadker in Dublin to discuss the future of paediatric, palliative services in the county.

The mothers, who include Sharon Thompson from Moville, were recently backed by Donegal’s Michael Murphy and Danny O’Carroll of Mrs. Brown’s Boys, who pledged their continued support to the families of life-limited children.

Sharon, along with Gina Grant, Ashling Nibbs, Mary-Louise Crossan, Fiona Farrell and Brenda McGeehan also recently joined with Dr. Jim McDaid to discuss the future of paediatric, palliative services in Donegal.

The mothers, aware of the 2010 Palliative Care Policy for children with Life-Limiting Illness in Ireland, will now visit the Minister for Health, in Dublin next Wednesday.

On behalf of the mothers, Gina Grant stated: “Together we will make practical differences for life-limited children in Donegal.

Each family’s story will be presented to Leo Varadkar and these will highlight; the need for more specialised services for children with life-limiting conditions or high-complex medical needs. We will strongly request, the immediate appointment of a paediatric, palliative outreach nurse with meaningful plans to provide respite and hospice services locally.”

Anyone with a child affected by a life-limiting or highly-complex, medical need in Donegal, is asked to send their story to Gina Grant at ginagrant72@gmail.com.