Family and friends of 15-month-old Maisie O’Donnell McGinley braved waist-deep mud on Saturday week in a challenge to benefit the hospital that restored the girl to health.
Maisie’s mother, Kerry, of Kilmacrennan, organised the Mud Run for Maisie at Extreme Adventure, outside Convoy, for the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin. About a dozen people took part.
“I’d like to give a massive thank-you to all who participated for all the money they raised,” Kerry said. Funds will be used for a new transport incubator.
Maisie was born seven weeks early on May 4th, 2015. When she was two days old her lung collapsed and she was placed on a ventilator and airlifted from Letterkenny University Hospital to the neonatal intensive care unit at Holles Street.
“It was horrific,” Kerry said. But she said hospital staff “were absolutely amazing. The staff never left her side.” Maisie was there for 10 days until she was breathing on her own and well enough to return to LUH, where she spent the next few weeks until she reached 5 lbs. and was bottle feeding.
“She’s doing brilliant now,” Kerry said.
Kerry is grateful to all who have supported the effort, and offered special thanks to Gerard O’Donnell and Brian Crossan of Extreme Adventure for their help.
Donations can also be made at Maisie’s Everyday Hero page under Maisie’s Mud Run, or through the Maisie’s Mud Run Facebook page.
Pictured: A wee push.. Maisie Mc Ginley O'Donnell with he mother Kerry as her friends get behind her to support Maisie's Mud Run National Maternity Hospital