A desperate mum who had to raise funds for her twin girls with a life-threatening condition reached her €34,000 target in just four days.
Cork mother Audrey Murnane had less than a week to raise the money for the twins’ life-saving operation.
The mum who has spent 198 nights in various hospitals with her girls found out only on Wednesday that no funding was available for the twins' life-saving procedures.
Murnane couldn’t afford the €34,000 bill and took to Facebook to raise funds. In just four days €34,000 was raised by people all over the world.
"I’s amazing, just excellent, it’s such a relief to have secured the girls’ treatment," Audrey told independent.ie.
"There is just an awful lot of goodwill out there. There were no big donations, it was just hundreds and hundreds of people giving what they could and it all added up.
“There were donations from America, Brazil, Portugal, Australia, it really did go viral.”
Maya and Zoe Murnane are the only twins in Ireland born with a rare condition that severely affects their breathing.
They were operated on in August 2012 and need critical medical attention but they've been let down by the Irish healthcare system with no funding available to them.
When mum Audrey took her newborn twins home for the first time baby Maya turned blue as her trachea only measured 1.1mm in width.
Both babies, now 18 months old, have received a theatre slot in Great Ormond Street Hospital for December 18 to have the procedures.
In Ireland there's only a 50pc chance of survival but in London’s Great Ormond Street there's a 95pc success rate.
“If you'd asked me 24 hours ago I would have thought it was impossible,” said Audrey about getting the money yesterday.
Rugby international Donncha O'Callaghan came on board as the twins' ambassador and the entire team gathered in the University of Limerick yesterday for a private photo-shoot with the girls. They also held an online auction with signed Munster goods.
A staff member from Aer Lingus donated her annual travel vouchers to allow the family to fly to London.