Donor's €300,000 for girl (3) battling cancer
A GOOD samaritan has offered to pay the potential €300,000 treatment costs for a three-year-old girl's battle against a rare form of cancer.
Megan Malone was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of cancerous tumour last October and flew to the US last week for life-saving treatment at a top New York hospital.
The little girl from Ballyvourney, Co Cork, was diagnosed just a fortnight after her parents, John and Sheila, celebrated the birth of their fourth child, Megan's brother, Tristan.
The Malone family had earlier been forced to dismiss rumours that €300,000 had been provided by a donor for Megan's treatment.
However, their statement prompted an anonymous benefactor to come forward and offer to personally cover Megan's treatment costs at the NY Presbyterian Children's Hospital.
It's understood the donor was deeply moved by the family's plight -- and by the obvious hurt caused by the misleading reports about the massive donation.
A family spokesperson said: "We have just received confirmation that the treatment costs for Megan, in the USA, will be covered by a third-party donor.
"A board of trustees has been appointed to manage all funds within the trust.
"We would like to thank everyone for the incredible generosity shown to-date and for your continued support for Megan."
Megan was first diagnosed with the tumour after she had been vomiting and began to inexplicably lose her balance.
A brain scan in a Cork hospital revealed an exceptionally rare supratentorial primitive neuroectodermal (SPNET) tumour.
Mr and Mrs Malone flew to New York on December 2 with Megan, three-month old Tristan and the couple's two other children, Chloe (7) and Dylan (5). The family could be in New York until next August if Megan's treatment programme goes according to plan.
To date, Megan has been treated at Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Dublin.
Megan's aunt, Brid Malone, has expressed thanks for the enormous generosity shown by the public since a website was set up just a few weeks ago.
In addition to SPNET, doctors discovered that Megan has multiple brain tumours and the cancer has now spread to the spine and the rest of the brain. An account has been set up and its name is: Megan Malone Trust, Sort Code: 985482 A/C No: 10117900.