October 17, 2019 2 min read

The Kelly family recently donated a cough assist machine to Tallaght University Hospital, in memory of their inspirational son and brother Patrick.

Fondly known as Padge, he was diagnosed with motor neuron disease (MND) when he was just 16.  

He was the youngest person in Ireland at the time to be diagnosed with the progressive neurological condition. 

By the age of 18, Padge was in a wheelchair and at 19 was dependant on his parents Joan and Pat, and on the assistance of carers.

Due to the nature of MND, which attacks the nerves in the brain and spinal cord, it led to muscle weakness and wasting. It also inhibited speech and communication.  

Padge never let MND interefere with his ambitions in his life. He used computer programmes for speech and over the years he travelled extensively and represented Ireland in international Boccia sporting competitions. 

Padge also spent the past four years working on a physics degree in Electro Magnetism, earning his degree shortly before he passed away.

He made his legacy for our hospital clear to his family and friends- he wanted to gift a cough assist machine for other patients with muscle-weakening conditions like motor neuron who can’t cough or clear their own lungs and is a massive help to anyone who suffers with breathing difficulties.

Padge is gone but his legacy will live on and work on his behalf to fulfil his dream of helping others. A massive thank you to him and his family for this life enhancing gift for our patients.

If you want to make a life enhancing gift to our hospital or find out more - contact Kelly at kcrowley@tuhf.ie




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