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photo of Fiona and family. husband Steven and 4 children

Fiona's Story


Fiona was born in Enniskillen, N Ireland and attended Queen's University Belfast where she qualified MBChB. She worked first in London hospitals and qualified MRCOphth. In 1997 she married Steven Hay from Glasgow and came to make her home in Glasgow with Steven and their first son Hamish. In 2001 second son Peadar was born and then in 2003 twin daughters Iona and Niamh were born.

Fiona had always been interested in using her medical skills to help people in developing countries. Before training as a doctor she had spent a summer working in a Mother Theresa hospital in Bombay, an experience which she found rewarding and inspiring. During her medical training she spent time working in South Africa. She often talked about using her ophthalmology skills to do cataract or trachoma work in a developing country. Having four children put this ambition on hold but in the weeks before she was diagnosed with a brain tumour Fiona was making plans to go out to work for a week in a cataract camp in Africa with a team of doctors from Scotland.

Fiona was much loved by family, friends and colleagues. When she died in December 2007, it was decided that a Fund should be set up which would enable doctors and nurses from Scotland to spend time working in developing countries to improve eyecare and restore eyesight in people affected by cataracts. Funding colleagues to do this work is a fitting tribute to Fiona's memory.