It was just an ordinary day for little Galway native Liam Mahon when he unexpectedly suffered a seizure. He was rushed by ambulance to A&E and the following day he was admitted to Temple Street.
When he arrived in our Intensive Care Unit, Liam was still critical. He was diagnosed with a condition called ‘Hemolytic-Uremic Syndrome’, caused by E.Coli bacteria, and his kidneys had begun to shut down.
Over the days that followed, his condition worsened and Liam needed dialysis and plasma exchange – a procedure that can only be carried out in Temple Street. It was nine long, agonising days for his family before he began to show signs that he was responding to the treatment.
Thankfully, on 23rd September, Liam was taken off the ventilator and left ICU the next day. Another three weeks of treatment followed before his parents could finally take their son home.
Liam’s devoted Dad Declan says, “The level of care that Liam received by all the staff in the ICU was second to none, and without this intensive care, Liam would have died.”
Declan has been determined to do everything he can to make sure that other children, receive the same world-class care that Liam did. He has since raised funds for ICU and the renal unit in Temple Street by completing a mammoth Half Ironman Triathlon in Gort, Co. Galway in 2016.
His challenge was certainly no mean feat. He had to complete a challenging 1900m swim, 96km cycle and 21km run on the day.
“We have been blessed with a daily reminder of how lucky we are while realising that other people are going through the same ordeal each day. Every single euro will help seriously ill children and I can only wish
that you will never have the need to avail of the excellent care that was given to my son Liam.”
You can visit Declan’s fundraising page for Temple Street here.