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Our community nurse supports the whole family through tough times

Christina Vazquez explains the difference Rosie Mulholland has made to their lives.
Christina Vazquez and Rose Mulholland

My daughters children's community nurse Rosie Mulholland has always gone above and beyond her duty to her life, and the whole familys, easier.

Five-year-old Emily has Dandy-Walker Syndrome. She has global development delay, is peg fed and cannot walk, talk or sit up.

Selfless hero

Having a daughter with such needs can be very scary and at times you can feel very alone but I know that Rosie is there for us any time day or night for anything we need. I've never met anyone so selfless.

We are not her only family but she still finds so much time for us, and so often in her own time.

I cannot drive so Rosie has driven Emily and I to hospital appointments when no transport was available. Once Emily was taken ill

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My daughter’s children's community nurse Rosie Mulholland has always gone above and beyond her duty to her life, and the whole family’s, easier.

Christina Vazquez and Rosie Mulholland
Christina Vazquez and Rosie Mulholland
Photo: Harrison Photography

Five-year-old Emily has Dandy-Walker Syndrome. She has global development delay, is peg fed and cannot walk, talk or sit up.

Selfless hero

Having a daughter with such needs can be very scary and at times you can feel very alone but I know that Rosie is there for us any time day or night for anything we need. I've never met anyone so selfless.

We are not her only family but she still finds so much time for us, and so often in her own time.

I cannot drive so Rosie has driven Emily and I to hospital appointments when no transport was available. Once Emily was taken ill at the children's hospice so Rosie drove miles to pick me up and take me to hospital to be with my daughter.

Going above and beyond

Rosie doggedly helped push forward our application for a suitable home for the family. She came to appointments with me, ringing housing executives all the time and met with politicians to ask for their support.

And when I moved she turned up with her children to help me as I don’t have any family nearby that could help out. Then, that first night, she bought us all tea at the chip shop. These little things really mean so much.

She regularly comes to our house to assess Emily's needs, but she makes time in her very busy day to listen to our problems and worries and answer our questions. Two years ago I split from my husband and I would have been lost without Rosie.

She arranged for me to have counselling and go to support meetings and regularly called to see if I was ok. When Emily was born my son was only three and he struggled because I was at the hospital frequently, Rosie got in touch with a support group for help with him too.

She has supported me and my family so much in the last few years.

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