Limerick mum in bid to save baby’s life with treatment in US

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

THE mother a County Limerick toddler who is suffering with a malignant tumour on her face is hoping to raise enough funds to allow her daughter to travel to the US for innovative treatment which may save her life.

THE mother a County Limerick toddler who is suffering with a malignant tumour on her face is hoping to raise enough funds to allow her daughter to travel to the US for innovative treatment which may save her life.

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“It is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to deal with in my life. I can’t describe it. It’s heart-breaking seeing her like that every day. I would go anywhere to make my daughter better,” said Tracy this week.

“She is such a happy child and to see her so sick and suffering all the time is so hard,” she added.

The family are now hoping to raise enough funds to send Alexandra to the US next month so that she can undergo a fetal stem cell transplant. They need to raise €23,000 for the treatment plus travel costs. Tracy’s sister Carmel who lives in Bruff became aware of the treatment after seeing a couple speak about their experience of the treatment on Ireland Am. Carmel made contact with the doctor who carries out the treatment, Dr William Rader, and while she said there are no guarantees that Alexandra’s life will be saved it is “her best chance” at survival.

“It works with the chemo so it is important that she gets it, if possible, before she finishes chemo,” said Carmel.

“She has only two sessions of the chemo left and then she is going to be getting very light doses at home,” she added.

The treatment is carried out in California once a month with the next treatment due to take place on May 30. The hope is to have enough funds raised so that Alexandra can make the journey for that date. Fetal stem cell treatment is a medical procedure whereby human fetal stem cells are transplanted into a patient. These cellular building blocks are usually administered intravenously.

Anyone wishing to make a donation for the medical trip can donate to the Bank of Ireland, Kilmallock account number 96313393, sort code 904536.