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Whakaari/White Island: Burns surgeon with three-month-old back from maternity leave to help injured

16 December 2019 Libby Wilson - Stuff

Burns specialist Deirdre Seoighe arrived at work with a three-month-old baby in tow.

Within minutes the Irish born surgeon was grappling with burns in numbers she had never seen before while staffers cuddled her tiny baby.

At hospital she slogged so hard and for so long that she couldn’t remember how many hours she worked either in theatre or on the wards coordinating the massive effort to save lives after the Whakaari / White Island eruption.

“It is a bit stressful to see this number of traumas come in, but it’s lovely to hold a sleeping baby. It’s kind of a de-stressor.”

Medical staffers around the country have pulled out the stops to help people injured in the eruption and Seoighe, the region’s clinical lead for burns, soon realised she was needed at work.

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