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Paediatrician’s lasting legacy in children’s CF services

Consultant paediatrician, Dr Michael J Mahony, who headed up CF services in the Mid West for the past two decades, said the prospects for children with the disease has improved enormously since they day he arrived in Limerick. Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system of about 1,200 children and adults in Ireland – the highest CF incidence of any country in the world. When Dr Mahony started out in Limerick in 1992, the CF population in the region stood at about 30 children and 10 adults. By the early 2000s, it had grown to around 90 children and 40 adults, with the numbers having since levelled off. “Over the time I have been here, we have seen huge improvement in survival and in quality of life. The big difference is that CF now is no longer strictly a children’s disease but increasingly a condition of young adults. “We have not quite …

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