Dublin girl (4) jabbed by used needle found outside her home
A Dublin mother has spoken of her horror when she discovered her little girl had been jabbed with a bloody syringe that had been discarded outside her home.
Catherine Leonard took to Facebook to highlight her disgust that someone would discard a bag containing used needles just feet from her front garden.
Her daughter, four-year-old Mia Curley, along with some of other young children found the bag and began to play with the contents.
After finding the children playing with the needles, Catherine discovered to her horror that Mia's knee had been jabbed with one of the needles.
The family will now have to wait up to six months to see if their child has contracted diseases such as HIV or hepatitis.
Underneath a picture of some of the needles on Facebook Catherine wrote that the family spent the night at Temple Street getting tests taken and she believed the fact something like this could happen was both 'disgusting' and 'wrong'.
The bag the children came across, which also included bloody tissues, was placed beside an ESB box on a green area near Ard na Meala in Ballymun.
Speaking to Dublin Live Catherine said that she and her husband are very traumatised by what happened and that Mia is on antibiotics to combat anything she may have contracted.
"I don't know what I'm going to do if the results come back and there's something in it," Catherine says.
"I won't know how to cope with that.
"Like, that's the rest of her life, that's why I find it so hard to talk about it."