THE father of a young boy who collapsed when his heart stopped beating as he walked through a field near his home is organising a fundraiser in aid of the hospital where he received his treatment.
On November 16, 2014, 12-year-son Glen Carey of Kincora Park, Limerick, collapsed in Carew Park. His heart stopped and he officially died four times. He was kept alive by the heroic actions of his neighbour Amanda Begley and subsequently, by paramedics.
“My motivation is very personal,” Glen’s father Michael said this week.
“I have witnessed the tireless work that the nurses and doctors in Crumlin carry out on a daily basis for the most vulnerable children on what is often the worst day of these children’s lives. Glen turned out to be one of the lucky ones.”
The fundraiser takes place this Friday, June 12 in the Imperial Bar, Carey’s Road, Limerick.
All funds will be allocated to the children’s cardiac unit at the hospital.
“It is my hope to raise €2,000 for this very worthy cause,” said Michael.
There will be a band playing on the night as well as a raffle and a number of spot prizes.
While Glen had been very active and played rugby and soccer as well as boxing, he can no longer take part in contact sports. He had no condition prior to collapsing - “it came completely out of the blue” according to Michael.
“He has to take it easy because he has a pacemaker and he is on two tablets a day,” said Michael.
“His life is completely changed. He can no longer engage in any sports and he loved and played so many. However, he is alive and his mother Norma and I are so thankful to all who were involved in his care,” said Michael who was speaking on the train back to Limerick with Glen who was after attending a hospital appointment. Glen who has three sisters Jackie, Helena and Megan, and one brother Michael is a first year student of CBS on Sexton Street.
The Carey family want to thank everyone who has contributed to the fundraiser to date.
“We have a lot of tickets sold for the night and we are after receiving a load of spot prizes as well. We want to thank everyone who has contributed,” said Michael.