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90 year old Kathleen McCain thanks staff who cared for her throughout her recovery with COVID19


90 year old Kathleen McCain with staff of Drumclay Transitional Care Facility

“I couldn’t thank each one of them enough for all that they have done for me.” These are the words from 90 year old Kathleen McCain from Omagh, as she thanked staff at the South West Acute Hospital and Drumclay Transitional Unit who cared for her through her journey of recovery from COVID19.

Kathleen had become unwell at her home some weeks ago and was transferred to South West Acute Hospital. It was here Kathleen tested positive for COVID19 and was treated on the COVID ward, before being transferred to Drumclay Transitional Unit in Enniskillen to receive further care and rehabilitation.

Describing her experience, Kathleen explains: “There is not one member of staff I could say anything to, other than I love you and thank you for everything you have done for me. It was just perfect attention and everything that could be done for me, was done for me.

“When I started to come to come round and seen all these young people looking after me and so being so kind, it was great. There was one young lad called Mark, I could hear him coming along the corridor shouting KATHLEEN and that was great heartsome.

“I am feeling out of this world and am so delighted that I am well enough to go home.

“My main thought today is to show myself, not me, that it can be cured. I am a good example, because I was out of it for several weeks, maybe a month and coming round was a big experience, and it’s great to show people younger than me that it can be done.

“Kindness is the only word I can use, for the all care that I got and I am so thankful to everybody for all the help that I have had.”

Staff at Drumclay Transitional Unit gave Kathleen a great send off with a rendition of “Over the Rainbow” and staff clapped and cheered Kathleen as she was taken back home by her family.

Dr Bob Brown, Director of Nursing and Older People’s Services said: “I would like to thank all of our staff in the South West Acute Hospital, Drumclay and those who will support Kathleen in the community, for their inspirational work and dedication to caring for our patients.”