THE father of a baby boy whose lung collpased shortly after he was born has succeeded in raising over e4,500 by hosting a charity football match.
Aidan Kerr from Annaghminnon, Stonetown told The Dundalk Democrat that he is “very grateful” to friends and the wider community for the supporting the event.
Aidan organised a charity Over 40s match between Annaghminnon Rovers GFC and Killanny at the Annaghminnon Football field on Sunday, August 21 in a bid to show his gratitude to the medical staff who cared for his son, Killian.
“I’d just like to thank God for saving Killian’s life and for sending us a sunny day for the match. I’d also like to thank all of the sponsors and all of the people that turned up and helped on the day,” said Aidan.
Killanny were favourites to win but were scuppered by Annaghminnon, who brought on a founding member of the club, 84-year-old Tom Kerr, who scored a point in the final minutes.
Former Louth footballer, Colin Kelly also made a guest appearance donning an Annaghminnon jersey. The side was bolstered by the club’s use of the ‘Granny Rule’ as it brought in players from the Mochta’s in Inniskeen and The Kevin’s.
“I’d also like to thank Patsy Ward, Dermot Finnegan, Peter Byrne, the one and only JB and Frank McKenna. The list is endless. Everyone has just been fantastic,” he said.
Aidan and his wife, Lynn, were devastated when doctors in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda told them that their son “wasn’t going to make it”.
“He was hooked up to a machine to help keep him alive and we had to wait and see if he responded. We just felt so helpless. All we could do is go into the chapel in the hospital and pray for him,” he said.
“Our prayers must have worked because after about two and half weeks he started putting weight back on and he began to breathe on his own without the help of the machine.”
When Aidan and Lynn were finally allowed to take Killian home to his big brother, Oisin, they “wrapped him in cotton wool” at first but their little fighter quickly went from strength to strength.
“Killian still has to go for regular check-ups but he is doing really well. He’s at the stage of walking now,” he said.
Proceeds raised from the match and an auction will be donated to the special care baby unit at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda this week.