Firstly thank you for coming here to read this page. I'd like to tell you a little bit about my story and why I am raising money for Temple St. this year by running the Dublin City Marathon in October.
On July 8th, 2015, our 3rd child, Ben was born in Holles St. in what was our smoothest childbirth experience to date. On Day 1, all the giddy rellies snuck in to get a squeeze of Ben and marvel at such a tiny human only a few hours old in the world. We were elated, walking on air, reliving that brand new parent feeling all over again and so grateful that we were able to bring this beautiful little boy into the world. We were in awe of him and I was in awe of my amazing missus and what she was capable of doing to bring him to us safely.
That night, after I had gone home and the wards were quietening down, one of the lovely nurses offered to mind Ben while Wendy got some well-earned sleep. An hour or two later, Wend wandered into the nursery area only to see a Filipino nurse standing over Ben, examining him intently under a baby light. The nurse was “not happy with baby” and immediately called the registrar on duty to examine him. Ben was extremely sick, was not breathing correctly and was really struggling to fight what we later learned to be a very serious E.coli blood infection. 1 baby in every 3000 gets this and with 9000 babies born in Holles every year, this was a rare event. The doctors did their best to prepare us for the event that nobody should ever have to hear or go through – there was a very real chance that he will not make it through this.
We were shell shocked and running on empty. We were quickly transferred to Temple St. and this is where we stayed for 19 long days and nights as we watched over his every breath, twitch and finger squeeze. On the odd occasion, we would leave the hospital, it is a very strange experience to witness the world just moving on as your world is frozen still.
The care and attention he received in both Holles and Temple St. was just amazing. When you spend weeks in an ICU unit, you see some truly heart breaking awful things and some miracles, sometimes only feet apart. The work that these nurses, doctors and all the support staff do is outstanding, under-rated and humbling to witness. If it wasn’t for the diligence and expert eye of a Filipino nurse in the middle of the night 2 years ago, it might be a very different ending to this story.
Ben just turned 2 years old there a few weeks ago and it was then that I decided that it would be a great thing to try and give something back to the people and place that really helped us get through the hardest time of our lives.
So please try and give whatever you can by using the 'Give Now' button, it will help Temple St. raise much-needed funds to allow them to buy more life-saving equipment so they can continue their “miracle” work for the kids of this country that need it the most.
Thank you for your generosity,
John & Benjamin Owens
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