Aimee’s memory will live on in hospital play area
Limerick on Covid watch list Email NewsCommunityAimee’s memory will live on in hospital play areaBy Bernie English – May 24, 2019 755 Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites WhatsApp Facebook TAGSchildrenCommunityLimerick City and CountyNewsRemembranceyouth Print TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Previous articleAfrica Day 2019 Launch – The Limerick Post Show with Meghann ScullyNext articleThe art of storytelling at Killaloe Chamber Music Festival Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Linkedin Twitter Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Deirdre and James Keogh with their sons Ben and Luke who presented the proceeds of their fundraising to the Children’s Ark at University Hospital Limerick.JULY 10, 2014 is a day that Deirdre and James Keogh will never forget. That was the day their beautiful two-year-old daughter, Aimee died in an ambulance in the grounds of the University Hospital Limerick (UHL).She was on her way to Crumlin Children’s Hospital when she succumbed to an undiagnosed heart condition.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The bravery of the Keoghs and their sons, Ben and Luke was celebrated this week when they handed over a cheque for money they had fundraised for an outdoor play area for the Children’s Ark at UHL.Despite the fact that her daughter’s hole in the heart went undiagnosed, Deirdre and her family are determined to help children still battling illness.“To be honest, we did this for the children in the Ark,” Deirdre told the Limerick Post.“When Aimee was in hospital, there was nowhere for her to go except the corridor. Even when children are sick, they need a space for play. And this would be a place for parents of sick babies to get some fresh air when they are spending hours and days at the hospital,” she said.Aimee, from Old Singland Road, was admitted to hospital after having seizures. In June 2013, she underwent an ECG examination which was passed as normal.A subsequent court case established that the results were, In fact, abnormal.The court heard that had it been properly diagnosed, Aimee should have been referred to a paediatric cardiologist.Aimee’s family were awarded €40,000 against the HSE. a sum which the judge described as “paltry’ considering what it was for but this was the highest amount the court could pay under the legislation, he said.The HSE apologised to the family during the case.Deirdre told the Limerick Post that “we don’t want Aimee to be forgotten. This will be a legacy for her and we intend to make this an annual fundraiser.”It’s understood that there will be a plaque in Aimee’s honour erected in the garden when it is finished.The Aimee Keogh Memorial Rugby Blitz at Richmond RFC raised €6,000 has been raised through this fundraiser as well as a colours day at Donoughmore National School, where Aimee’s brothers Ben and Luke are pupils. Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon?