Mother’s pseudomonas concern for daughter

Demi-Leigh (4) and Louise Cairns with the re-usable syringes and sterilising unit. INNT 12-037-FP
Demi-Leigh (4) and Louise Cairns with the re-usable syringes and sterilising unit. INNT 12-037-FP
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A RATHCOOLE mother has said she is worried that her seriously ill daughter could contract another pseudomonas infection because she has “no choice” but to utilise re-usable syringes.

Louise Cairns’ daughter Demi-Leigh requires care 24 hours a day.

The four-year-old has Vacterl Syndrome meaning she was born with multiple birth defects and among other complications requires a tracheotomy to help her breathe, is fed through a tube into her stomach, and has spinal problems.

For the first year of her life Demi-Leigh lived in hospital and her mother said she was ill on a regular basis, often requiring medical treatment.

In February Demi-Leigh contracted pseudomonas, an infection which can be harmful to adults and children with weakened immune systems.

Earlier this year a number of babies died from the infection after contracting it in neo-natal units in various hospitals.

Louise is convinced her daughter caught the infection through reusable syringes which she has been told to use for the past number of months.

At the beginning of the year Louise was provided with the syringes which can be reused providing they are sterilised.

Louise uses the syringes to feed Demi-Leigh, provide her with medicine and to help clear her tubes.

Despite assurances from the Northern Health Trust that there is “no clinical evidence” of a link between pseudomonas and re-usable syringes, Louise remains unconvinced.

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