In­spi­ra­tional Fiona set to rep­re­sent Wex­ford

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS - By SARA GA­HAN

IN­SPI­RA­TIONAL mother-of-three Fiona Kelly Camp­bell from Gorey has been se­lected to rep­re­sent Wex­ford in the National Carer of the Year Award, which will take place in Dublin, next Wed­nes­day, November 22.

Fiona, who lives in New­bor­ough, was nom­i­nated by her daugh­ter for the CarePlus Phar­macy Carer of the Year Award and was re­cently an­nounced as the over­all win­ner for Wex­ford and now goes through to the fi­nals to rep­re­sent her home county.

Speak­ing about her great achieve­ment, Fiona said she is among 25 other re­gional win­ners, who will be present at the cer­e­mony in the Westin Ho­tel.

Fiona is mother and full-time carer to Jay (20), Sam (17) and Daniel (8), so daugh­ter Jay thought it was time to hon­our her hard work.

‘My son Sam was born pre­ma­ture at 25 weeks,’ said Fiona. ‘When he was just 18 months old, he was di­ag­nosed with cere­bral palsy.’

Sam does not re­quire the use of a wheelchair, as he has re­ceived nu­mer­ous mi­nor and ma­jor surg­eries through­out his life to help him walk.

Youngest son Daniel was also born pre­ma­ture at 29 weeks, and Fiona and hus­band Dave went through an emo­tional time, as Daniel got a bleed on the brain when he was just one week old.

‘Be­cause of the bleed on the brain, Daniel was then di­ag­nosed with quad­ri­plegic cere­bral palsy and is non-ver­bal and in a wheelchair,’ said Fiona.

Old­est child Jay, who at­tends UCD, was 12-years old when she was di­ag­nosed with a rare kid­ney dis­ease re­ferred to as FSGS (Fo­cal Seg­men­tal Glomeru­loscle­ro­sis).

The dis­ease at­tacks the fil­ter­ing units and the kid­neys tend to fill up with fluid caus­ing se­ri­ous dam­age.

Fiona said there is no cure or treat­ment for her daugh­ter’s con­di­tion, but she can take some med­i­ca­tion that can help with some of her symp­toms.

‘Jay is not on the trans­plant list be­cause her GP luck­ily recog­nised just in time what was wrong with her,’ said Fiona.

As well as Fiona’s daily rou­tine of be­ing a full-time carer, she also looks af­ter her mother on a part-time ba­sis, with her two brothers, since her fa­ther passed away last year.

Speak­ing about her work, Fiona said it does get tough at times, but it is very re­ward­ing and is look­ing for­ward to the national awards be­ing held in Dublin this month.

Fiona Kelly Camp­bell re­gional win­ner of CarePlus Phar­macy ‘Carer of the Year’, and

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