A 40-year-old woman who spent seven months in a coma after suffering a rare form of cancer has been given the chance to see her children again.
Carole Daly was in intensive care after contracting an acute lymphoblastic leukemia and underwent surgery to remove the cancerous tissue from her neck and throat.
But when she awoke the following morning, doctors found she had a tumour in her lungs and lymph nodes in her chest.
Her daughter, who has also battled cancer, was also in intensive hospital treatment but she died the same day.
Her husband, Brian Daly, has been battling with terminal cancer for four years and had to take a long-term hospital stay to manage the side effects.
Carol and her husband had hoped to raise awareness of the dangers of air pollution in the area but they were shocked by the diagnosis and the treatment.
Caroline Daly said she had no regrets as she had fought her battle with cancer.
“I feel very fortunate to be alive, I think it’s a miracle,” she said.
“For me it was a great experience.
I’m grateful for the help of the people around me, of course I had to fight my battle.”
The couple say their daughter was very proud of her dad and hoped that her story would inspire other people.
“She always had a smile on her face,” she added.
“We had to be very careful, she wasn’t the type to drink alcohol and we’d say to her, ‘Don’t drink’.”
I remember her asking me why I had been drinking and I said, ‘Because it was my birthday today’.
“Carol has not spoken about the battle with the cancer, but said her husband and children were happy to meet their mother again.”
It was wonderful, we had a wonderful time, we loved each other,” she explained.”
We were able to get back to normal life and to live life with a bit of dignity.
“Brian Daly said his wife’s battle with her disease had taught him how important it was to get to the bottom of the problem of air quality in the Republic.”
You can do everything you can to reduce the air pollution but air pollution kills.””
I want people to realise that the only thing that matters is getting it under control.”
You can do everything you can to reduce the air pollution but air pollution kills.
“The Department of Environment has launched a website where people can register their concerns about air quality and to donate money to help with air pollution control.