Ireland WNT: Colin Bell and players visit Our Lady's
Head Coach Colin Bell, Diane Caldwell and Louise Quinn visited the hospital to meet the children in the Children's Heart Centre. They also took time out to say hello to their mascot for the Norway game, Freya Fitzpatrick.
Anne McLaughlin, Clinical Nurse Manager at The Children's Heart Centre thanked the Team. "Their visit put a smile on the faces of each of the children and their families.
"Visits of patients' sporting heroes are so important to our patient when there are in hospital. It often lifts their spirits and helps them cope better with their hospital treatment."
The Childrens Heart Centre is an all-island service delivery model for congenital heart disease in children. All emergency and urgent paediatric cardiac surgery for children and young people on the island of Ireland takes place in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin (OLCHC).
Some 550 heart operations are performed in Our Lady’s every year with half of all babies born with a heart defect needing serious surgery and Crumlin is where they get it.
Head Coach Bell and the players met a number of children currently receiving treatment on the ward and handed out Ireland goodie bags, which included kits and signed posters. It followed a visit to Gaelscoil Thulach na nÓg, Dunboyne earlier in the week by players Niamh Fahey, Leanne Kiernan and Marie Hourihan.
"It was a fantastic afternoon and it's something which is really important for the players to do," said Head Coach Colin Bell.
"This training camp gave us a great opportunity to get some valuable time on the pitch, but importantly, get out into the community with both hospital and school visits during the week.
"I'd like to thank the staff, families and children for making us feel so welcome at Our Lady's Children's Hospital and it was also great to see our friend Freya."
PHOTO: Ireland WNT Head Coach Colin Bell, defenders Louise Quinn and Diane Caldwell with patient Dylan Craze, age 1.5yrs from Dublin.