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Christian Community Experience For Young People

2007. A Practical Way of Being Pro-Life

The late Breda Prendergast, who worked for years as a nurseand midwife, when she retired gave us great support. She worked asa volunteer helping to run our house in Medjugorje.

Over the years she has helped to source and supply medical aidto the Medjugorje area. Near the end of the season in 2007 she visitedthe neonatal unit at Mostar’s new hospital. The doctor in charge ofthe unit was treating twins, a boy and a girl, whose birth weight was700 - 800 grams. The tubing in the incubator was inadequate being too big for these small babies, and the other incubators being usedon the unit were generally in poor repair. The Doctor felt that with proper equipment she had a good chance of saving the lives of thesevery small premature babies as she had the knowledge and know

-how to save them but she just didn’t have the equipment. She alsosaid that some people came and visited the hospital and promised to help them get the correct equipment but they never came back. Breda was greatly saddened by this.

When Breda related this to us we immediately began to pray for an improvement in this situation. A few weeks later back in Cork we heard that the Bon Secure Maternity Hospital had closed earlier in the year when the new Maternity unit was opened in CUH. We con­tacted the sisters and they offered to donate a considerable amount of their equipment. As always I was wondering if we were trying to do too much and if we were out of our depth. I wondered about the cost. However, early in the New Year I contacted Des Kelly who regularlyt ransports aid to Medjugorje. I asked his advice on the best way to get our medical supplies to Mostar and an estimate of the likely cost.

By now, as a result of another request for beds for the hospital in Mostar, we had been in contact with the Good Shepherd Sisters at Clifton Nursing Home in Cork and they were willing to donate 40 hospital beds and various hospital supplies. Immediately Des said hewould supply and pay for the truck and that he would order the truck as soon as we were ready for it..

When the truck did arrive about a week later, the road in front of the hospital in Cork was under repair and the truck was too big to get near the hospital. I phoned John Dwyer of Dwyer’s Electrical who offered to let us load it at his yard at Forge Hill and to send one of his smaller trucks which was fitted with a lift to both locations and to bring all the equipment to the yard and help load it. Because of this and with the help of the community members and our supporters re­sulted in the truck being loaded and on its way in twenty-four hours.

Four days later the “best ever donation” (their words) arrived at Mostar’s New Hospital and the five incubators from the Bon Secure Hospital have rarely been without occupants since. All the other equip­ment is being made good use of also. We found that the hospital sup­plies exceeded what we could get on one truck and a few months latera second forty-foot fully loaded truck left Cork for Mostar Hospital.The cost of this truck was sponsored by another New Charity called Almas founded by Fr. Brian Kavanagh from Kildare and Laughlin Diocese. Praise God and His Blessed Mother.

The Good Lord makes amazing things possible when we open our hearts to the prompting of the Holy Spirit and co-operate witheach other in good works.