A 23-year-old Clare woman is set to begin work in the hospital where she was treated for leukaemia as a child.
Bebhinn O’Dowd Lernihan from Ennis was just two years of age when she was diagnosed with the illness. She was treated at the paediatric ward, St. Bernadette’s, in University Hospital Galway where she is shortly due to begin a placement as part of her studies to become a nurse.
Beibhinn told The Irish Independent that her decision to study nursing at King’s College in London despite having already undertaken a Masters in Journalism in Galway, has been inspired by her own experience.
“My experience with cancer has definitely played a role in me wanting to be a nurse. I’ve met such amazing people with such positive attitudes that have inspired me,” she told The Irish Independent.
Beibhinn says her experience with leukaemia has also recently inspired her to cut off her hair for the Little Princess Trust, a UK charity which makes wigs for chemotherapy patients.