Almost 10 years earlier, their first child David Smyth — who was just six and a half weeks old — died suddenly in Derrybeg, Ballina.
Paul Smyth and his wife, Emer, had to suffer the agony of watching David being pronounced dead by their GP, Dr Robert Magnier.
The care received by David during his short stint in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin inspired Paul to record a charity CD for the hospital.
David was born in September 1997 and was only three days old when he was diagnosed with a serious heart defect.
He spent about one week in Our Lady’s Hospital and another week at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Limerick.
They said they are extremely grateful to be blessed with four healthy children Laura, 11, Eva, 8, Laoise, 5, and Davin, 3.
The birth of Davin provided Dr Magnier with one of the happiest days of his career after he was delivered in the couple’s car outside his surgery in Castletroy, Limerick, at 3.55am.
Emer recalled she told Paul she wouldn’t make it to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Limerick. Once he had stopped the car and opened the door, Davin arrived about five minutes before Dr Magnier.
It is expected Our Lady’s will benefit from an estimated €15,000 once the first 1,000 CDs, which have the production costs covered by five sponsors, are sold. It will be launched on Saturday at 8pm in Liam O’Riain’s pub in Main Street, Ballina.
“This isn’t about our story, it all about raising money to fund operations in Our Lady’s,” said Paul.
Emer said new technology — which would have saved David’s life — can’t be provided in Our Lady’s because of a lack of available resources.
“At least we know there was nothing we could have done to save David’s life,” she said.
Paul produced a 15-track 45-minute CD of contributions from local and international singers and musicians.
The CD can be purchased in Custy’s Music Shop Ennis and shops in Ballina, Killaloe, Nenagh, Newport and other areas in Limerick.
Anyone who wants to purchase a copy directly can contact Paul at 086 2317080.