A POLISH woman who was diagnosed with terminal leukemia and given just weeks to live is continuing to receive treatment in the hope that she can beat cancer.
Marta Salacka, who lived in Limerick for seven years, received over €40,000 in public donations to allow her fly home to Poland nearly two months ago. She is now receiving treatment in Germany.
Friends of Marta said she and her family were urgently called to the hospital recently as they found a blockage in her aorta.
“For the last two days she is suffering from a virus, her face has swollen and she is in a lot of pain. She’s got some medication and morphine and hopefully she will feel better soon,” a friend explained.
Doctors also found more cancer cells in her spine, and she is due to receive further chemotherapy sessions.
“Germany is their only option at the moment and they believe something can be done for her. We can only pray for a miracle,” said a friend.
The young woman, who hails from Gorzow Wielkopolski, near the German border, wanted to be at home with all her family in her final days.
She still writes on her blog of her daily fight for survival, and continuous admissions to hospital. In a recent post, she vowed that if she manages to survive this all the funds raised will not go to waste.
“I would like to make a promise that if I get miraculously cured and manage to fight the illness my priority will be to establish an organisation that would help the ill. This is my dream and thinking about it makes me smile. If after the treatment there is some money left, I will invest it in my dream. I will not waste a cent of it, “ she wrote.
Fundraisers and collections to help her go home and be with her family during this difficult time were held in Castleconnell, where she resided, and throughout city, with donations coming from people in England, Austria, Poland, Germany, Holland, the United States and Australia.
Marta had complained to doctors earlier this year about suffering pains in her right shoulder, breast and ribs, but was told she was merely suffering from muscle pains.
The mother of a four year-old son, she thanked people “from the bottom of my heart” for their donations, and was amazed at the level of funding people raised from “many do not even know me.”