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The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at University Hospital Crosshouse has received a generous donation from a former patient and his family.


David O’Hare and his wife, Nicola, donated a staggering £5,319 as a thank you to the ICU that treated David. In February, the family of four all contracted COVID-19 and David was admitted to University Hospital Crosshouse. Shortly after, on the couple’s wedding anniversary, David deteriorated and he was placed on a ventilator.


Nicola added, “Thankfully and thanks to the amazing work of the staff in ICU, David was one of the lucky ones and made it home in March after five weeks.


“Our aim was to raise as much as possible as a thank you to the ICU who saved my husband’s life. As a family we owe the world to the ICU department. If it wasn’t for them, things could have been a lot different.”


The family organised various events, including an auction with the chance of winning prizes, such as a round of golf at Trump Turnberry Resort and Royal Troon, as well as full day hospitality at Manchester United.


Dr John Allan, Clinical Director for Intensive Care Medicine in Ayrshire and Arran, said, “We are extremely grateful to all the family for their kind words. I would like to thank David and Nicola for her very generous donation to the Intensive Care Unit at University Hospital Crosshouse.


“My colleagues have expressed their huge gratitude to the family for their thoughtfulness and drive to fundraise at these most difficult of times. It has been a humbling experience for us all. All of the funds will be used to support our incredible staff in the work that they do in the delivery of critical care services in Ayrshire. Thank you.

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