Life­saver Dr Tay­lor worth ev­ery penny

Belfast Telegraph - - LETTERS -

I FEEL moved to write fol­low­ing the ar­ti­cle in to­day’s pa­per (News, May 14) about Dr Robert Tay­lor and his pay­ment for merit.

I feel it is es­sen­tial to bring some bal­ance to this cover­age. In medicine, among the sor­row and be­reave­ment, there is life and hope. Dr Bob has given my cousin, Phoebe Lyle, both.

Phoebe was just three years old when she was crit­i­cally in­jured in a hit-an­drun in Spain and re­turned to the pae­di­atric in­ten­sive care unit in a coma.

Her odds of sur­vival were low, but the love and com­mit­ment shown to our fam­ily by Dr Bob and his team has given Phoebe a life that we thought she could never have.

Once she sta­bilised and we could see the ex­tent of her in­juries, our aim was to have her live the fullest life pos­si­ble.

No other child in the world had ever left hospi­tal with such in­juries at that time (2001), and Dr Bob and his team worked tire­lessly to make that pos­si­ble. The work that he did en­abled other ven­ti­la­tor-de­pen­dent chil­dren to re­turn home.

Phoebe has long sur­passed our wildest ex­pec­ta­tions, and I fully ex­pect to see her in your chair one day as she is now study­ing jour­nal­ism at Belfast Met.

In re­la­tion to his re­mu­ner­a­tion, we be­lieve Dr Bob is worth ev­ery penny.


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