White-collar boxing event will raise money for Coombe

By Aideen O'Flaherty

A TALLAGHT couple will be holding a white-collar boxing event called Clash of the Titans in the Button Factory in Temple Bar to raise money for the Coombe, after seeing the exemplary care the staff there gave their twins, who fought for their lives after being born prematurely at 24 weeks.

Celine Caffrey (38), who is originally from Kilnamanagh, was on holidays in Tenerife in May 2017 with her husband Dave Caffrey (37), from Aylesbury, and their son Caelum when she was pregnant with twins. On the final day of the holiday Celine went into pre-term labour.

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A photograph of Daniel now 

Her husband Dave told The Echo: “When we found out we were going to have twins, we were very excited.

“We went on a break to Tenerife when Celine was pregnant, the doctors said it was okay for her to fly, but on the last night of our trip Celine went into pre-term labour.

“We were stuck over there . . . and the doctor in the hospital said that they were going to have to deliver the twins or we’d lose them.

“We got in touch with our insurance company to organise an air ambulance back to Dublin, which could only be done in agreement with the doctors in the Coombe, the doctors in the air ambulance and the doctors in Lanzarote. It was all very scary.”

When the Caffreys arrived in Dublin, Celine was rushed to the Coombe, where after two days she began to go into full labour, and gave birth to twin boys, David and Daniel, with the boys being born at 24 weeks and weighing just 600 grammes.

Dave added: “Celine had an emergency C-section, where the boys were delivered and resuscitated.

“They were brought into the Intensive Care Unit, but after three days David passed away.

“It was very hard, but the Coombe were very good with arranging for a funeral service for David, and he was baptised.

“Daniel spent four months in the Coombe, he had chronic lung disease, a bleed on the left side of his brain, a problem with his retinas. He also had three blood transfusions.

“But Daniel’s doing well now – he’s walking and talking with no problems, the lungs repaired themselves so he should be discharged at his next hospital visit.”

The Clash of the Titans event is being held in aid of the Friends of the Coombe, to raise funds for a medical training tool called Paul.

Paul is the world’s most advanced premature baby clinical skills simulator, which gives the most accurate recreation of a pre-term baby born in the 27th week of pregnancy available today, and assists in training staff on how to apply breathing apparatus on premature babies.

Talking about the Clash of the Titans event, Dave said: “Daniel was a fighter, and that’s why we chose white-collar boxing to raise funds for the Friends of the Coombe.”

Tickets for the event, which will take place on Sunday, September 24, cost €20 and further details can be found at the Clash of the Titans in aid of Friends of the Coombe Facebook page, and donations can be made to a GoFundMe page at https://tinyurl.com/cottbuttonfactory.

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