‘She was put on life support’: Temple Street doctors save a girl after a fall

‘She was put on life support’: Temple Street doctors save a girl after a fall
Maisie McDonagh

Temple Street saves a girl after a fall, says Helen O’Callaghan.

When two-year-old Maisie McDonagh fell backwards off the couch onto a wooden floor last June, Clodagh Kenny never dreamed her daughter would need brain surgery.

“She had a bit of a cry and a cuddle with me but there wasn’t a bother onher. There were no alarm bells, no bumps or bruises,” says the Westport-based mum.

Clodagh had often heard that if a child has a fall, you should avoid putting them to sleep for a while until you’re sure they’re OK.

As she had to leave for work, her partner, Denis, took over.

“Maisie was due her nap, but I said to keep her up for a while just in case. Within an hour, Denis rang saying we needed to call an ambulance — she was crying, vomiting and in and out of consciousness.”

Following a brain scan at Mayo University Hospital, doctors said she needed to be air-lifted to Temple Street.

Maisie was put on life support to protect her brain and reduce swelling.

In Temple Street, Maisie’s parents got a clearer picture of how the fall had impacted.

“She had a fractured skull and a large clot putting pressure on her brain.”

In surgery for over two hours, Maisie needed a blood transfusion.

Afterwards in ICU, her parents couldn’t see her for a while.

“The staff were in and out to us every half hour, reassuring us she was where they wanted her to be.”

Just five days later, Maisie could go home.

“The neurology team was really amazed at her progress. I was a bit reluctant, but her dad said she’d thrive in her own surroundings.”

Maisie was tired and slept and ate poorly for a while.

Her parents had to limit contact with other children so as to avoid over-stimulation.

Today she’s “brilliant”, says Clodagh. “She’s had her two-year developmental check-up and she’s absolutely fine.

"We’ll be forever indebted to Temple Street. There were a couple of stages where we didn’t think Maisie would pull through and she did because of them.”

This week, Clodagh and Denis got fully behind Ireland’s biggest Halloween fundraiser — Trick or Treat for Temple Street (supported by MiWadi) by hosting a party at the Summit Fitness Studio in Westport.

Temple Street’s next fundraiser is one of its biggest yearly efforts — the Christmas raffle.

Closing date for the 2019 draw is December 16.

Get on board to support by visiting templestreet.ie

Vital funds

  • Temple Street carries out all neurosurgery on neo-natal babies/children up to age six in Ireland and is the national paediatric renal, dialysis and transplant hospital.

  • Last year, funds from Temple Street its Christmas raffle helped buy new ultrasound scanner for the radiology department.

  • 2019 raffle proceeds will help purchase hightech lasers for complex eye operations, ventilators

    for critically-ill children and cuttingedge scanning equipment for theatre.

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