Dublin Lives: Vaccine trial victim ‘insulted’ over National Maternity Hospital ownership debacle

Dublin Live

29 APR 2017

A mother and baby home survivor who was subject to vaccine trials during infancy is horrified the Catholic church may be given a new opportunity to care for Ireland’s mums and children.

David Kinsella, 58, was hospitalised six times and even required a blood transfusion during the first four years of his life while staying in the notorious St Patrick’s Mother and Baby Home on the Navan Road.

The home was run by the Daughters of Charity, a Catholic order with a similar ethos to Magdalene Laundry owners – the Sisters of Charity who are set to manage the new National Maternity Hospital.

And the prospect of the Church once again controlling the provision of care to Ireland’s mothers and babies is a “horrifying” thought, according to David.

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