THE parents of a brave four-year-old girl who has endured 10 brain operations paid an emotional tribute to kind-hearted people who helped fund her special wheelchair.
Lauren Healy (4), from Rathcormac, north Co Cork, was hailed a miracle girl after bravely battling through meningitis, a bleed on her brain, several serious infections and 10 brain operations.
Because of her special mobility needs, Lauren was on a waiting list for an adapted wheelchair, which cost more than €3,000.
In desperation, her parents, Alan and Natasha Healy, went public with their plight.
They have since been overwhelmed by the response, which has ranged from the offer of a second-hand wheelchair to cheques, cash and vows by supporters in their area to stage fundraising nights.
One person donated €2,500 – and the family have now raised more than €4,500, which allow them to buy the special wheelchair and install hand-rails around their home to help Lauren walk.
"Thanks to the kindness of people, we can now purchase the wheelchair that Lauren needs," said Mr Healy. "Lauren is delighted. We just cannot thank people enough."