'Save our Sarah': Limerick woman to head east for crucial transplant

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Sarah McInerney, pictured with her partner Jody and daughter Eva, 15

Sarah McInerney, pictured with her partner Jody and daughter Eva, 15

A LIMERICK woman who is battling multiple sclerosis (MS) is attempting to raise €70,000 for treatment to halt the aggressive condition.

Friends of Corbally’s Sarah McInerney have set up a campaign, ‘Save our Sarah’, in a bid to raise the money so the mother-of-one can travel to Russia for chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant to eliminate the condition.

Sarah, 40, whose family are well-known in the Corbally area, is already in constant pain and may eventually suffer further brain damage and be left in a wheelchair if the condition is not stopped in its tracks.

She already has 13 lesions on her brain, and further lesions on her lower spine could confine her to a wheelchair.

To this end, she’s hoping to travel to Moscow for a procedure known as ‘haematopoietic stem cell transplantation’.

In the early stages, this transplant can in some cases, halt the effects of MS.

Sarah said: “I’’m trying to prevent further brain and spine damage and I want to get back some quality of life. Most of my time is spent in bed now.”

She was hoping to have the transplant in London, but she does not meet one of the criteria for having this treatment there as part of the HSE treatment abroad scheme.

”I have an A4 length list of symptoms at this stage,” she explained.

“I cannot walk for longer than short strolls, have constant pain, and I’m bed-bound when the degenerative tissue disease flares up.

“I don’t want any further brain and spinal damage, and I want to get back some quality of life.”

It was Sarah’s daughter Eva, 15, a third year student in Villiers School in the North Circular Road, who persuaded her mother to make people aware of the condition, to raise money and awareness.

“I could not be prouder of her. She was in the middle of her pre-Junior Certificate exams when she had the brainwave,” Sarah said..

More than €6,000 has already been raised towards her bid for treatment in Russia, with a number of fundraising events in the pipeline.

The next of these will be a table quiz and auction ​next Thursday, March 8, at Shannon Rowing Club.

The committee says it’s the start of a “vigorous campaign” to get to €70,000.

Sarah, daughter of Ger and Theresa, admitted she is “deeply moved” by people’s generosity so far.

For more information on Save our Sarah, call Jody at 086-1685785, or visit www.gofundme.com/Help-my-Sarah-mom-fight-MS