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'Grateful' €13k raised for 'amazing' CUH nurse who lost husband and was injured in crash

Kiran Smith, who lives in Ballincollig, has been working in CUH for 14 years and was involved in the tragic crash while visiting family in India.

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Kiran Smith is currently recovering from the car accident that killed her husband Oliver

Kiran Smith is currently recovering from the car accident that killed her husband Oliver

Kiran Smith is currently recovering from the car accident that killed her husband Oliver

A community fundraising effort to help a Cork University Hospital (CUH) nurse who was injured and lost her husband in a car accident has raised more than €13,000.

Kiran Smith, who lives in Ballincollig, has been working in CUH for 14 years and was involved in the tragic crash while visiting family in India.

She was left with “critical injuries” and has undergone surgery in hospital since the accident. The mum-of-two is currently being comforted by her two daughters, one of whom works as a care assistant in Cork University Hospital's Emergency Medicine Department.

Friends and colleagues of Kiran’s have now set up a GoFundMe page to help with the costs of the “amazing” nurse’s extensive medical bills.

To date, the fundraiser has raised €13,651 of its €20,000 goal.

Fellow nurse Dorina Dennehy spoke of her love and respect for her colleague.

“Whether as a nurse or a friend, she always gives 100pc to the person she is with,” she said.

“She is the nurse on night duty and patients always commented on how comfortable Kiran made them feel the night before.

“We are already seeing a number of her former patients making donations because they remember the kindness she showed them and how well she looked after them.

“Kiran is so loved in the hospital. When we saw how many people donated to her from doctors and nurses to former patients it had us all choked. She is always the one showing kindness.

“As soon as we started the fundraiser the atmosphere on the ward changed from one of heartbreak to one of positivity. It lifted our spirits to see so many people donating.”

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Ms Dennehy has asked for anyone in a financial position to donate to the cause to do so.

“Even if it's just a small amount these numbers all add up. We will be so grateful for any support,” she said.

Donations can be made here.

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