Baby who turned blue is doing well

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Garda Niamh Kennelly and Garda Paul Baynham  Picture: Keith Wiseman
THE infant who was saved by two gardai after he turned blue while experiencing breathing difficulties is said to be doing well having been discharged from hospital.

THE infant who was saved by two gardai after he turned blue while experiencing breathing difficulties is said to be doing well having been discharged from hospital.

Baby Michael Hickey, who is less than a month old, spent a week a University Hospital Limerick (UHL) after being brought there by gardai.

The baby was being brought to the hospital at the time after he became unwell at his home in Ennis.

When he turned blue in the back of their car, Michael’s parents - Brian Custy and Patrice Hickey - contacted the emergency services.

Garda Paul Baynham who is a qualified EMT, and Garda Niamh Kennelly, both from Mayorstone garda station, responded and after meeting the parents on the outskirts of the city they brought the baby to UHL in their patrol car before handing him over to doctors.

“They took the car seat out (of our car) straight away and they ran to the patrol car and they just took off straight away, they had to go immediately and they couldn’t stay to talk to us or anything because it was so serious,” said baby Michael’s father Brian.

While doctors initially feared that the infant may have been suffering from Meningitis it transpired he had been born with a serious kidney infection which took ten days to affect him.

“He is doing brilliant now, he was left home last week and he is doing very well, thank God at the moment,” said Brian, who has praised Garda Baynham and Kennelly for their quick actions on the day.

“They were unreal, they were absolutely amazing, I don’t know what we would have done without them. Even when I rang the control room at Henry Street (garda station)there was no problem and they just straight away sent the car out to us,” he said.