Shining bright to ‘Light Up for Abi’

A young girl who is in critical care at Cork University Hospital touched the hearts of many last night.

‘Abi’ has gone through many operations and has overcome many obstacles and pillars in her your life.

She became unwell last weekend and is now critical at Cork University Hospital.

To show support and to give her some light of hope, Ger O’Dea, Ambulance Paramedic and Community Engagement Officer with the National Ambulance Service made an appeal on his Twitter page asking people to light a candle or shine a light for Abi last night.

Many services, including the ambulance service itself, the gardaí, defence forces, media and many others all shone their lights and lit candles, using #LightUpforAbi.

Ger O’Dea said: “I made an appeal for people to light a candle for Abi at 8pm last night, and they did, and those who couldn’t light a candle, they shone a light or flashed their vehicles blue lights and the Irish Air Corps Helicopter’s MediVac helicopter even shone its light from its base in Athlone. Abi became very unwell last weekend and is now critical, with her family by her side in ICU.”