LOCAL fundraising efforts have secured two new machines vital to the treatment and relief of Cystic Fibrosis sufferers in Limerick and the Mid-West.
The machines, which cost over €200,000, were launched recently at the Butterfly Ward at University Hospital Limerick.
One of the machines - the Exhalyzer D - is the only one in the country and is at “the cutting edge of lung function technology” and “the most sensitive technique available in the world” according to Pediatric Respiratory Consultant Dr Barry Linnane.
The other machine - a Bronchoscope - will be used to carry out internal examinations on the lungs and airways of children with CF.
Both machines will facilitate the earliest detection of infection and inflammation even before the patient develops symptoms, with a view to maintaining, rather than recovering, good lung health.
The CF unit at UHL treats 91 children and 42 adults from across the region. Seven year-old Éabha Grace O’Brien from Nenagh was the first person in Ireland to use the new Exhalyser D, which cost €44,000.
She described the process as “not that scary, all you have to do is place a peg on your nose and breathe normally”.