Belfast Telegraph

Minister Lynch to recover at home

Junior health minister Kathleen Lynch will spend weeks recovering at home after being treated for several days in intensive care for blood poisoning.

The Labour TD for Cork North Central was finishing an official visit at the recently flooded Letterkenny General Hospital in Co Donegal last Wednesday when she became ill.

She suffered a recurring attack of septicaemia - an infection of the blood which can develop into potentially deadly sepsis - for which she was treated in Cork last year.

The junior minster was later airlifted to Cork University Hospital where she was again treated in intensive care over the weekend before being discharged on Monday.

A spokesman said she would spend "the coming weeks" resting at home.

The Minster of State for Disability, Equality and Mental Health was visiting the psychiatric unit of Letterkenny General Hospital, along with her husband Bernard, who is also her personal assistant, when she started feeling unwell last week.

The hospital was forced to shut its accident and emergency department last week after it was hit by flooding from the rainstorms.

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