Thursday 18 December 2014

Late, Late Toy Show treat for car arson victim Millie

Barry Duggan

Published 24/11/2006 | 00:11

A SIX-YEAR-OLD girl horrifically burned along with her younger brother in an arson attack earlier this year will leave her hospital bed to make a special appearance on next weekend's 'Late, Late Toy Show'.

Millie (Philomena) Murray and her brother Gavin (4) are spending their 12th week in Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Dublin's Crumlin after they were engulfed in flames while sitting in their mother's car in Pineview Gardens, Moyross, Limerick, on September 10.

Two Moyross teenagers have been charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm and a file is with the DPP.

Sheila Murray said her daughter's TV appearance will make this Christmas one to remember for the extended Murray and McNamara families.

"RTE called me and asked if Millie would like to go on the show," she added. "I knew straight away she would, she absolutely loves the toy show. She has watched it every year since she could watch the television."

Millie said: "I can't wait. I love dolls and teddies and jewels and I want a doll for Christmas so I hope I can play with dolls on the toy show. All my friends will be watching and I will say hi to Gavin."

Millie has made a huge recovery since the arson attack. She spent three weeks in intensive care and was then transferred to St Anne's Burns ward. Gavin followed his sister into the ward a week later.

Millie has undergone skin grafts, and Sheila says the doctors are very pleased with her progress.

"She has a healthy appetite and is eating for the two of them at the moment," added Sheila.

As for next Friday's 'Late, Late' appearance Millie is more excited of meeting Santa Claus rather than Pat Kenny.

"I hope I see Santa there so then I can tell him what me and Gavin want for Christmas," she said.

For Christmas, Millie wants a doll while Gavin is hoping for a trampoline, bike and basketball.

Sheila Murray and Niall McNamara have six other children - Celine (17), Noelle (15), Niall (13), Nicole (11), Jason (9) and Dylan, one-and-a-half.

Niall has been staying in the Dublin hospital for the last nine weeks.

"We can't smoke there, or even watch TV or DVDs, there is nothing to do but sit and stare at the four walls."

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