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A mother’s story: The loss of a son, a premature baby girl and the reality of the NICU


by Jennifer McShane
03rd Dec 2021
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For the mother of Ireland’s smallest surviving premature baby, parenthood hasn't been an easy journey. Katie Keogh, from Arklow, Co Wicklow, tells us about bringing home her premature baby Charlotte, the loss of her son Vincent and why families with premature babies in Ireland need as much support as possible - long after their children have left the NICU.

* Please note this article contains descriptions of one family’s emotional journey with their premature baby that some readers may find upsetting * Katie’s daughter Charlotte, now 2, is one of more than 5,600 babies born prematurely in Ireland every year. When she was born at 27 weeks, Charlotte weighed less than a pound. Today, she is a talkative, very happy child, but is slightly behind with her motor skills. This is the reason Katie...

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