Tuesday 26 September 2017

Irish teen Shauntelle Tynan faces 'worrying setback' in the US

Shauntelle Tynan with her family in Texas
Shauntelle Tynan with her family in Texas
Teenager Shauntelle Tynan told her siblings that the public raised more than €700k for her cancer-treatment
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Brave Irish teenager Shauntelle Tynan has suffered a worrying setback in the US after being rushed to the Emergency Department in "severe pain".

Following her heartbreaking appeal, the 18-year-old from Co Carlow raised funds to support specialist treatment in Texas Children’s Hospital in her battle against a rare cancer, multi-system Langheran’s cell histiocytosis.

Unfortunately the family took to Facebook to say they will have to spend longer in the US than planned.

"She had to be rushed to the ER on Sunday evening in extreme pain. She had high doses of morphine and a ct scan Sunday night.

"Unfortunately the morphine didn't touch her pain and she had to have a more targeted pain relief when we realised that it was the nerves in her face affected," the Facebook page said.

As a result, Shan's chemotherapy protocol was changed to a high does salvage therapy and she will have to undergo a week of infusions.

"She will be having acupuncture this afternoon and hopefully that will help with the pain alongside the pain relief she is getting. This means we can't travel home this week and we are now here for the long haul totally unprepared and overwhelmed but need to do whatever we can to get her the treatment she needs."

Last week, Shauntelle expressed her gratitude to the Irish public for raising the vital funds, as she does not qualify for government funding because she is seeking treatment in the US.

"After that video it completely went viral. I wasn’t expecting half of the support that I got. It was incredible, amazing. I can’t believe it," she said.

"Yesterday I thought it was amazing that we raised 80k, but today my Go Fund Me is more than €617,198. I am amazed. I would have never thought this would be possible. The huge chunk is raised and I’m absolutely amazed.

"I’ve never been so happy in all of my life. You’ve given me such a chance. Thank you."

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