Daughter praises 'earth angel' Foyle Hospice nurses who cared for father in final days after cancer diagnosis

Michael Cullen sadly died on May 4
-Credit: (Image: Foyle Hospice)

The daughter of a man who died "within a few short weeks" of an oesophagael cancer diagnosis has paid tribute to the "angel" nurses who supported him in his final days.

Michael Cullen died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, on May 4 following a short battle with cancer.

He was cared for at home by the Derry end-of-life charity Foyle Hospice and his daughter, Amanda, has spoken out to praise the "exceptional" support he and the family were given.

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Mr Cullen had been sick for "some time", Amanda said, but his cancer went undetected before he was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer just weeks before he sadly passed away.

"My Daddy was a great family man, a kind, quiet and funny man who lived for us," Amanda said.

"He received an Oesophageal Cancer diagnosis and died at home within a few short weeks. During this time he was on a feeding tube and various different medications and we didn’t know if we were coming or going."

She continued: "We decided to call the hospice for some guidance and they quickly got him registered and the nurses came to visit. We couldn’t have done it without the help from the hospice nurses.

"Not only was the care for Daddy exceptional, the care and support they provided to me, my mother, brothers and sisters made a difference to us. We knew what was happening every step of the way."

Amanda added: “They are earth angels, they did everything they could to make Daddy comfortable and nothing was too much, even the way they spoke to daddy, so softly, I could tell this is much more than a job to these ladies."

She is now set to join thousands of women in the Foyle Hospice Female Walk/Run on June 9.

“We will be walking the Female Walk this year with our family and friends in memory of our dear Daddy," Amanda said.

"The Foyle Hospice gave us more than care, they helped get us through the darkest time in our lives to date and we will be forever grateful.”

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