Aimee Keogh Memorial Rugby Blitz Raises Almost €6,000 for the Children’s Ark at University Hospital Limerick

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Aimee Keogh – Pictured are hospital staff, Dr Siobhan Gallagher, consultant paediatrician, Kris Buckley, play therapist; Rita Spaight, staff nurse and Eamonn Leahy, business manager with Aimee’s parents Deirdre and James Keogh and sons Ben and Luke.

Aimee Keogh Memorial Rugby Blitz Raises Almost €6,000 for the Children’s Ark at University Hospital Limerick

In July 2014, Aimee Keogh aged two from Glenbrook, Old Singland Road tragically lost her life due to an undiagnosed hole in her heart at University Hospital Limerick. Aimee died in an ambulance just as she was due to be transferred from Limerick Hospital to Our Lady’s Hospital for Children, Crumlin for a cardiac procedure. Aimee was first admitted to University Hospital Limerick due to febrile convulsions caused by tonsillitis where she received a chest X-ray. The doctors found the X-ray to be normal. However, after Aimee’s passing HSE wrote an apology letter stating, “Regrettably aspects of her care did not reach the standard expected.”

Aimee’s family determined that their beloved daughter will leave a legacy for children in Limerick, established the Aimee Keogh Memorial Rugby Blitz at Richmond RFC as an annual fundraiser. The fundraiser was a big success raising almost €6,000. The family have generously donated the proceeds of the fundraiser to the Children’s Ark at University Hospital Limerick. Donoughmore National School, where Aimee’s brothers Ben and Luke are pupils, also hosted a colours day to raise funds.

Dr Siobhan Gallagher, consultant paediatrician said “We are extremely grateful for the generosity of the Keogh family, in memory of Aimee, to think of the children attending the Ark. Their donation will go towards creating a play area for children, and their parents, to take some time out from the ward.”

The Children’s ark is a purpose-built paediatric unit for children at University Hospital Limerick. They have 49 beds in their Sunshine and Rainbow wards, a high-dependency unit, a cystic fibrosis unit and their Caterpillar day ward. This is for patients having blood transfusions, endoscopy services, diagnostics, diabetes care or consultant reviews. They also have a diabetes care department and even a school for children staying in the hospital. The Children’s Ark School is a Department of Education and Skills school, catering for the on-going education of children, from the ages of 4 to 19, in UL hospital. The new school building was officially opened in May 2014.

Dr Siobhan Gallagher, consultant paediatrician said “We are extremely grateful for the generosity of the Keogh family, in memory of Aimee, to think of the children attending the Ark. Their donation will go towards creating a play area for children, and their parents, to take some time out from the ward.”

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