A couple whose new baby was on a life support machine just weeks ago have spoken of their relief at being allowed to bring their little boy home for the first time since he was born.
Ten-week-old Danny Molloy was born in South Tipperary General Hospital early in August but became ill within 12 hours and had to be transferred to Crumlin where he was diagnosed with a rare condition, truncus arteoriosis, which affects the pumping of his blood from his heart and prevents the lungs from getting an adequate supply.
At one stage during their traumatic ordeal the parents were given an option to turn off the machine or put Danny back through another operation.
“They said about 35 out of 50 babies would die on the operating table. They told us how they were going to do it and told us to get our family around. But that weekend he completely did a u-turn.”
Last week, after 10 weeks of watching their son undergo open heart surgery and other lifesaving procedures, Carol Fleming and Dermot Molloy, originally from Drangan but now living in Fethard, were told they could take Danny home.
However, he faces a long road of medication and more medical procedures and hospital stays in the coming years.
Danny remains a high-risk patient and will need further operations when he’s two, five, 12, and in his 20s.
For now, Carol and Dermot are just glad to have their only child back at home in Fethard. “He’s here and he’s doing everything a 10-week-old baby should, only for he has a feeding tube he’s thriving and putting on weight and developing like he should.”
“All we wanted to do was to get him home and we’re over the moon that he’s home,” Carol told The Nationalist.
She paid tribute and expressed the family’s gratitude to the medical teams in Clonmel and Crumlin as well as their own family members, neighbours and friends in Fethard, Drangan and elsewhere for the support and help offered since Danny was born.
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