A mix of patients from all around the country awarded their carers with the ‘Honour Your Heroes’ award in an emotional ceremony in Beaumont Hospital, North Dublin.
One such man, was Keith Boyle (33), from Coolock in Dublin, who fell from a 20-foot ledge while working in Bratislava, where he spent the next two days in the bushes appealing for help having been paralysed from the waist down.
Keith said he struggled a lot being cared for in Bratislava, especially with the language barrier and said “I just wanted to know some sort of plan.”
Keith awarded his physiotherapist Cathy Keating for her “incredible” work with him since the accident in April.
“The staff in Beaumont really are amazing, and Cathy really helped me gain so much and I felt so lucky in the end,” he said.
Cathy said Keith was “so easy to work with” and “to see him gain his independence was an incredibly rewarding thing,” she said.
Tiernan O’Sullivan (11) from Mallow, Co Cork, was born with a condition called Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus which causes incomplete development of the spinal cord while in the womb.
Tiernan was thanking Denise Andrews and the staff of St Raphael’s Ward who he said “were really brilliant.”
He has undergone multiple operations over the last five years which he said were “really sore.”
Denise told Independent.ie Tiernan was “wonderful to work with” and she and all the staff are “delighted with his progress.”
Former All-Ireland Tipperary Hurler John Kelly (69), from Kilruane, Co Tipperary, had brain surgery after he had a rare brain tumour and he then proceeded to stay in Beaumont for a year-and-a-half.
John’s Consultant Anaesthetist, James O’Rourke, said John was the “most patient man” he had ever met.
“There were times were I’m sure John would have been saying where are we going here? But he was always so strong,” he said.
John said “regaining independence” was the one thing he had to thank Mr O’Rourke and the staff at Beaumont hospital for.
There were eight awards given out in total.