New fundraising initiative launched to aid purchase of a heart machine

Included in the picture with Ann-from left to right- Pat Mcgeever, Pat O’Neill, Graham Urwin, Paul Morris and Rob Edwards

Included in the picture with Ann-from left to right- Pat Mcgeever, Pat O’Neill, Graham Urwin, Paul Morris and Rob Edwards

A new fund-raising initiative has been launched in Solihull to enable the purchase of a state of the art ECMO machine which will greatly assist operations involving heart transplants at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Edgbaston.

Solihull based mother of two, Ann Grainger launched the project following the tragic death of her husband Michael some months ago at the early age of 63.

Michael had spent twenty weeks in the Queen Elizabeth hospital awaiting a heart transplant but when the transplant operation was carried out, the new organ was rejected and he passed away.

Ann told The Harp, “The medical and nursing staff at the hospital were fantastic, he received the best of care. However, the hospital has only one ECMO machine and the number of heart transplants are increasing every year.

“A new machine, costing £60,000 will help additional transplants to take place more quickly.”

Helping to launch the fundraising appeal are some of Ann and Michael’s friends including Mayoman Pat McGeever and his colleagues from the FMB-Federation of Master Builders, Solihull branch. Also helping out is Pat O’Neill, a well-known member of the Limerick Association in Birmingham. Pat McGeever has been involved in fund raising for many years and has been awarded International Mayo personality of the Year in Westport.

Ann Grainger’s parents hail from Wexford and Waterford. Although her late husband Michael was born locally he loved Ireland and he and his family family spent many happy years on holiday there.

The appeal fund kicked off with a cheque for £2,500 being presented to Ann at the South City College in Hall Green. The money was raised at a recent FMB social evening.