Meningitis stricken councillor still in hospital month later

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

PRAYERS and messages of support continue for Sinn Fein councillor Naomi Bailie as she remains in hospital a month after being struck down by meningitis.

Ms Bailie, who was the first appointed chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and adviser to infrastructure minister Chris Hazzard, became ill on Wednesday (7 December) and was taken to hospital.

It is understood Ms Bailie had attended a council meeting as normal on Monday evening (5 December).

Last month, a spokesperson from Belfast Health and Social Care Trust confirmed Ms Bailie was in a stable condition in the Royal Victoria Hospital and had been moved out of intensive care.

Although Ms Bailie is understood to have responded well to the treatment for meningitis, she has suffered complications from the illness.

Last week her mother, Sheila appealed to people on her Facebook account to continue to pray for Naomi as she faced more surgery last Thursday (5 January).

There also remains a continued support network for Naomi on her own social media account as friends and family continue to regularly wish her a full recovery.

Newry and Armagh Sinn Fein Twitter page, also appealed to their followers to keep Naomi in their prayers.

Ms Bailie's mother has previously praised the "care of an amazing team" who have been looking after Naomi as she continues to recover in hospital.

Ms Bailie returned to her role as Sinn Fein councillor earlier this summer after giving birth to her daughter, Niadh (which means champion) at the end of February.

The 30-year-old became a mum three quarters through her chairperson's role at the helm of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.


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