Meet Brave Ava Finn – Living Proof Series

Watch Ava Finn and her family’s emotional story in the latest video from Temple Street Foundation’s ‘Living Proof’ video series, highlighting the positive and lasting impact of your support on the lives of sick children who attend CHI at Temple Street (formerly known as Temple Street Children’s University Hospital).

This video features 7-year-old Ava from Co. Sligo who has been treated in Temple Street since she was a baby for a rare and life-threatening metabolic condition. The video is the latest in the series, which tells the real-life stories of little patients and their families in CHI at Temple Street, who have benefitted from your support and donations.

For the final episode of the Living Proof series – which was filmed before social distancing – we meet Ava Finn who was born with an extremely rare condition. With only three or four other patients in the world diagnosed with the condition at the time, Ava’s parents knew very little about what the future would be like for their daughter and were told that she had only a few weeks left to live.

With the help of Temple Street doctors and nurses, the Finn family flew to Manchester to start Ava on a new clinical trial that has transformed her life. Ava would go on to receive treatment every week in Temple Street for many years to come and become a familiar face in St. Brigid’s Metabolic Ward.

Mum Aoife says, “Temple Street was the goal in sight, and we were in Temple Street every Monday for five years. It’s a team that minds Ava, they would be like our extended family. The support we have is astronomical.”

Chief Executive of Temple Street Foundation, which is part of the Children’s Health Foundation, Denise Fitzgerald says, “Ava’s journey has been an immense inspiration to us all, and we are greatly honoured to get to know Ava and her mum and dad over the many years that they have been attending Temple Street. We would like to extend our thanks to Ava’s parents, Aoife and David for kindly sharing their story with our supporters through this year’s Living Proof series.

She adds, “Each year Temple Street cares for over 147,000 sick children in the hospital, just like Ava. Temple Street is a building that never sleeps – with the hospital’s world-class team working around the clock to care for children from all over Ireland. As part of the Children’s Health Foundation family, Temple Street Foundation exists to support this phenomenal work and your continued support will ensure that sick children and their families will continue to receive the support they need in the days, months and years ahead.”