A Bonniconlon-born nurse was among the award winners at the Irish Heart Foundation’s 5th Annual Stroke Awards, supported by the German pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim.
Now retired, Anna Mai Maloney (60), worked as a nurse for many years in Galway and her incredible dedication to her patients was the key instigation in the set up of Galway’s first stroke unit in 2006.
Anna’s tireless support and advocacy on behalf of stroke patients identified opportunities to adapt other facilities to benefit people who have suffered a stroke, right up until the day she retired.
For her outstanding commitment and tenacity on behalf of stroke patients in Galway, Anna Mai Maloney received the Boehringer Ingelheim Stroke Champion Award.
Dr. Colin Edwards from Boehringer Ingelheim said: “Anna Mai Maloney has been an unstoppable force in the fight for services for stroke patients and according to her colleagues, she is an inspiration to all who meet her. Anna Mai has long championed the cause of stroke patients in Galway to ensure they received the best care and the resulting stroke unit in Galway is an incredible testament to all her hard work.”
Barry Dempsey, Chief Executive of the Irish Heart Foundation said: “Every day small miracles happen and our 12 award winners represent the heroic efforts of all stroke survivors, families and carers nationwide who are dealing with this illness. I hope their stories will inspire everyone to believe what I believe, that there really is Life After Stroke.”
Twelve awards were presented at the heart-warming event supported by Boehringer Ingelheim hosted by national broadcaster Marty Whelan with support from Fair City star, Jim Bartley. Among this year’s award
presentations, 11 recipients were under the age of 65 years, a mix of both male and female, with the youngest inspirational stroke survivor aged just six years old.