AN IRISH family have made a desperate plea to help their “little princess” travel for urgent cancer treatment.
Dublin mum Sandra Miley has told how her beloved daughter Faye had suffered from sudden onset headaches and vomiting in March last year.
They first believed a virus to be the cause, however in April, the “funny, happy, excited” seven-year-old’s condition failed to improve.
After visiting an optician, the family were told that the child had lateral inflammation of both of her optic nerves.
Upon further investigation in the Eye and Ear Hospital and Our Lady’s Hospital, their “worst nightmare was confirmed”.
Mum Sanda said: “Faye had a ‘lesion’ on her brain.
“We were immediately transferred to Temple Street Hospital. Initial thoughts were that it was benign, and we were relieved.
“Faye had surgery to resect a 5cm Thalamic tumour from her brain.”
The surgery removed 80 per cent of Faye’s tumour, but unfortunately just days later, “we got the news that no parent ever wanted to hear”.
Faye was diagnosed with a high-grade form of cancer called the Glioblastoma Multiforme Grade IV (GBM 4) H3K27 Mutation and unfortunately, her prognosis was poor.
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Describing her daughter as a “hero and inspiration”, mum Sandra has said that her daughter is reacting extremely well to her surgery, recovery and radiography.
However, she will have to travel abroad for further treatment as the help she needs is not available in Ireland and isn’t funded by the HSE.
In light of this, a GoFundMe campaign has been organised to help cover the cost of little Faye’s medical and travel expenses, and help support her mum Sandra, dad Robert and her sister Lucy.
In the few hours that the fundraiser has been live, it has already raised over €13,000 of their €100,000 goal.
Tributes have poured in on Faye’s GoFundMe page from donors, friends and family.
One donor expressed: “All my love to that beautiful little lady.”
Another said: “What an amazing girl you are Faye, thinking of you all.”
A donor who is “going through the same battle” himself urged Faye and her family to “keep up the good work”.
He said: “We will both get through this.”
- Spread the word with the #FIGHTWITHFAYE hashtag or make a donation to her GoFundMe page here.