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CUH paediatric team successfully treats newborn with rare diabetes

“This was multi-disciplinary team work at its best,” said Dr Susan O’Connell a Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist.

“Due to recent improvements in paediatric diabetes services at Cork University Hospital, we successfully treated Ava, despite her having an extremely rare and challenging condition.

“Fortunately we were in a position to provide all her treatment in Cork so she didn’t have to travel elsewhere.”

Ava Joyce, from Douglas in Cork, is just eighteen months old and has reached all her developmental milestones despite the odds set against her.

Ava was diagnosed at birth in August 2013 with permanent neonatal diabetes a rare genetic condition, which affects one in 200,000 babies.

According to Dr O’Connell, “With huge support from a team of junior doctors, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, biochemists, and other staff at Cork University Hospital we eventually got Ava’s blood sugar under reasonable control over the first three weeks of life.”

 According to the HSE the CUH team working with Ava will now have a reason to celebrate on International Rare Disease Day, which is being held on February 27th 2015.

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