'Just when you thought it couldn't get worse, it did': Pauline Mattews speaks about Tuberculosis and how it affected her family.

Title

'Just when you thought it couldn't get worse, it did': Pauline Mattews speaks about Tuberculosis and how it affected her family.

Description

Pauline Matthews was born in 1950 in the Ballintemple area of Cork city. When she was an infant her mother contracted tuberculosis and was confined to the chest hospital in Mallow. Shortly afterwards Pauline too contracted the disease leading her to be hospitalised in St Raphel's Montenotte. Pauline's father was in the merchant navy, meaning, that he was away for long periods of time. After an accident at sea, he too was hospitalised, in Australia. The loss of the father's income meant that Pauline's aunt had to not only be the sole visitor to her sister and niece in hospital but also, hold down a job to provide her three relatives.

Source

Cork Folklore Project

Creator

Cork Folklore Project

Contributor

Pauline Matthews

Rights

Cork Folklore Project

Publisher

Cork Folklore Project

Date

10 February 2020

Format

.MP3 audio file, 9 minutes 53 seconds

Identifier

SP0004_CFPXXXX_Matthews

Citation

Cork Folklore Project, “'Just when you thought it couldn't get worse, it did': Pauline Mattews speaks about Tuberculosis and how it affected her family.,” Health, accessed November 28, 2021, https://corkfolklore.org/health/items/show/5.

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