A special request has gone to the people of Clonmel to help the Mater Foundation purchase a core piece of equipment that will help bring the first Hybrid Theatre to a public hospital in Ireland. Named after Mr Maurice Neligan, a man who gave many years of his life in service to his patients in the Mater, it is hoped to have this theatre available to patients from all over Ireland as soon as possible. The Mater Foundation www.materfoundation.ie, who together with the Neligan family, are behind this campaign and are appealing to anyone with memories or stories about Mr Neligan to get involved in this worthwhile appeal.
Speaking at the launch of the Maurice Neligan Tribute Fund, Mary Moorhead, Chief Executive of the Mater Foundation said- “Many people throughout the length and breadth of Ireland owe their lives and that of their loved ones to the pioneering work of Mr Neligan. This new Maurice Neligan Heart and Vascular Theatre will be the first Hybrid Theatre in a public hospital in Ireland. The benefits of bringing a Hybrid Theatre to the Mater are vast, especially at a time when demand for minimally invasive surgery is growing worldwide. This theatre will make a dramatic difference to how cardiac patients from all over Ireland are treated. The numerous benefits over open surgery include reduced patient trauma, reduced longer term costs, a smaller wound and faster recovery resulting in a shorter hospital stay and ultimately leading to a higher survival rate. Today we are appealing to the people of Ireland and especially those whose lives were touched by Maurice Neligan to help us equip this life saving theatre. We need to raise €700,000 over the next two years.”
Maurice Neligan Junior, on behalf of the family said - “We were pleased that it was widely acknowledged at Dad’s passing that medicine had lost a great pioneer and a leading thinker. As well as being an innovative thinker in medicine, Dad was very entrepreneurial in terms of fundraising. There are many initiatives in the Mater hospital that wouldn’t have been realised without his fundraising abilities, as well as his medical bravery. We are honoured that this new theatre will be dedicated to his memory.”
Funds raised will purchase what is called a Zeego CArm, which is the core functionality of what will be Ireland’s first public hospital Hybrid Theatre. The funds for the Zeego CArm will be raised through a Tribute Fund set up in honour of Maurice Neligan which can be found on www.materfoundation.ie. The Foundation is asking people from Clonmel to post up memories of Maurice on the tribute website and anyone who would like to contribute to the funding of this intrinsic equipment for the theatre, by donating directly or by organising an event to get in contact with them on (01) 830 3482 or through their website www.materfoundation.ie or by writing to The Mater Foundation, 53 -54 Eccles Street, Dublin 7.
The Foundation continuously looks at new ways to improve things for all patients attending the hospital. Inspired by the generosity of a number of bereaved families, the Mater Foundation is the first Hospital Foundation and indeed the first charity in Ireland to develop such a concept in this way. There are already a number of Tribute Funds associated with the hospital and the families involved say that it can be an extremely positive way of keeping the memory of their loved one alive.