Little Luca Keogh was still in the womb when his loving parents were given the unexpected news that their baby had spina bifida and hydrocephalus. He came into the world on 15th February 2011 by C-Section and, just two days later – still tiny and fragile – Luca was taken to surgery where surgeons began the long procedure of closing the opening in his spine. Then at just a week old, his family received another blow that he needed a shunt fitted to manage his hydrocephalus.
“His head size was increasing as he wasn’t draining cerebral spinal fluid properly. This wasn’t really a surprise as about 80% of those with spina bifida also have hydrocephalus but we had obviously been hoping he wouldn’t be one of them.”
In the five years since that dramatic start tolife, Luca has grown into a fun, happy and determined little boy.
Over those years, he has become a regular in Temple Street and facedover sixteen surgeries to treat his hydrocephalus, spending many days and weeks being lovingly cared for by the doctors and nurses in St. Gabriel’s Ward.
Over the last two years, Luca has completed a gruelling 20 weeks of intensive physiotherapy, working for two hours a day, five daysa week and it has helped him progress in ways that his family never imagined. Having taken his first steps when his family wastold he’d never even sit up, Luca certainly deserves his nickname ‘Super Luca’!
“Since the day he was born, Temple Street has played a huge part in Luca’s life – the team at Temple Street are brilliant with him and they have become an extension of our family, offering constant support and lots of laughs. Temple Street has saved my son’s life over ten times and I will never be able to thank them enough for that.”
The money that this year’s 100minds participants are fundraising will make a huge difference to children just like Luca on St. Gabriel’s Ward. The new satellite classroom will be tailor-made to suit the needs of seriously ill children who require round-the-clock care. Thanks to the wonderful efforts of you and your fellow participants, these children will have a dedicated, quiet learning space, where lessons can be tailored to each pupil’s unique post-surgery needs.