A NURSE was stunned after undergoing a stunning transformation on Today.
Today it was back on screens with Maura Derrane and Daithi O Se at the helm.
They were joined on the show by Phyllis Howlin, 58, a palliative care nurse from Donegal.
Originally one of 11 children from the Inishowen Peninsula, Phyllis works for the Laois/Offaly region and has four children – Daithi, 25, Barry, 23, Aiden, 19, and Avabeth, 15.
She was nominated by her daughter Avabeth because she is so proud of her mother, who was recently promoted to Advanced Nurse Practitioner, and to cheer her up as her two older sons leave for Australia in November.
She told viewers it was a privilege to do her job and be able to help patients and families cope with their final weeks and days.
Phyllis has wonderful memories of growing up with her parents, five brothers and five sisters in Gleneely on the family farm and where her mother Kathleen Ruddy still lives.
Kathleen may have been biased, but she kept asking Phyllis: Why shouldn’t she enter for the Rose of Tralee?
Phyllis has a wonderful group of friends around her and some of them are called “The Galway Girls” who all trained as nurses together at Galway Regional Hospital in the 80s.
To this day, they make sure to meet at least once a year.
The annual charity ball for the Midlands Hospice Build Fund is due to take place next month and Phyllis was hoping to get a dress for it.
Stylist Fiona Hayes nailed it with a stunning black sequin dress donated by Brown Thomas Cork.
Along with Sobe Brown’s Pamela Morrissey, who completely transformed her hair, and Mark Rodgers, who added lots of color and glamor to her makeup, Phyllis was the absolute belle of the ball.
Phyllis was overwhelmed by the incredible transformation as she beamed when she saw herself for the first time.
She admitted it was “very different” to her normal look, but she loved it.
His daughter came to the show and was impressed with her mother’s new look.
Both Maura and Daithi praised the nurse and raved about the fabulous dress she wore.
The Donegal beauty admitted she would “never choose something like that” but thought it was “beautiful”.