James Nesbitt RetCam Appeal

Two years ago, every pregnant parent’s worst nightmare happened.  Aisling went into labour with her twins at only 25 weeks. Kailum and Blake were born in a critical condition. Tragically Kailum passed away, and Blake was given very little chance of survival.

Over the next few weeks, as Blake struggled to survive the Doctors knew that Blake was at high risk of a dangerous condition called Retinopathy which can lead to permanent sight loss.  They kept a constant eye on him, scanning him for signs. But then they came and told us what we had feared the most. He had stage III retinopathy (ROP), which meant he had to have surgery to try and save his sight. The neonatal unit requires new RetCam equipment to continue effectively scanning premature babies at risk of blindness, thus saving their sight.

Fighting Blindness have teamed up with actor James Nesbitt to raise much needed funds for this equipment for the neonatal unit at the National Maternity Hospital in Holles St. James will appear on the Late Late Show on Friday, November 17 to discuss his support of the campaign. You can donate towards this vital equipment here www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jimmynesbittretcamappeal

 “If left untreated ROP can lead to blindness… your support will help improve the lives of so many babies and help save their sight for life.”

– James Nesbitt, actor and campaign ambassador

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 “Retinopathy of Prematurity is a potentially blinding disorder that primarily affects premature infants of low birth weight.  In addition to blindness it can be associated with other eye problems such as short sightedness, lazy eyes and retinal detachment.  With the right equipment, ROP is very treatable and blindness can be prevented.  Such a treatment is well worth our investment.”

– Dr Rhona Mahony, Master of the National Maternity Hospital


For more information on the campaign please don’t hesitate to contact fundraising@fightingblindness.ie