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
daughters Iona and Niamh were born.
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
was making plans to go out to work for a week in a
camp in Africa with a team of doctors from Scotland.
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.