Terminally ill Limerick girl is a princess for the day

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

A FOUR-year-old Dooradoyle girl, who has a life-threatening brain tumour, has been given a princess party thanks to the Share a Dream charity.

A FOUR-year-old Dooradoyle girl, who has a life-threatening brain tumour, has been given a princess party thanks to the Share a Dream charity.

Aishlinn Roisin Quaid was only ten weeks old when she started getting sick daily.

Sadly, following various tests, it was discovered she had a tumour in her brain, which doctors were unable to remove.

Although doctors managed to take the most of it, it has not only grown back, but doubled in size.

To recognise her courage, Share a Dream - which supports terminally ill youngsters and their families - organised a princess party for Aishlinn and all of her friends at the Munroe Kids Club on the Fr Russell Road.

After receiving a 2011 Children of Courage award, Aishlinn enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Disneyland Paris.

Having seen her health deteriorate, Share a Dream were keen to give the brave little girl a lift before she was forced to spend more time in hospital, with further tests set for this week in Dublin.

At her special party, Aishlinn was made to feel just like a princess, as she was spoilt with lots of sweets and goodies.

Ciara Brolly, project worker with the Plassey-based charity, said: “It was a day for smiles and laughter as Aishlinn and her friends get spoilt with lots of sweets and goodies. The icing on the cake will be the fun created by the dream machine.”

Shay Kinsella, who founded the charity in 1989, was on hand to blast out some of Aishlinn’s favourite songs.

Ciara said young Aishlinn dressed up as Snow White, while her friends dressed up in princess outfits.

“Then, a special princess was brought in for her: Princess Ella who volunteers for us. She got her nails done, and her face painted,” she continued.

Aishlinn received a guard of honour at the front of the creche from her friends, before they all made their way into the ‘Dream Machine’, a bus which goes to sick children across the country.

Inside, there are sensory toys, musical instruments, paintbrushes and pens for drawing, and an X-Box to play on.

Ciara added that the day gave her parents Eamon and Marie, from Cappamore a massive lift.

“It was a wonderful experience for her Mum and Dad, especially now she is going up this week for an MRI scan in Dublin. This gave them a bit of a lift,” she told the Limerick Leader.