Little Liam's life depends on US medical trials
Published 09/03/2011 | 05:00
A TWO-year old boy boarded a plane for New York yesterday to begin assessment for treatment for a fatal disease that claimed the life of his sister just two months ago.
Liam Heffernan, who suffers from Late Infantile Batten's Disease, will undergo a battery of tests at the Weill Cornell Medical Centre to assess if he is suitable to take part in a medical treatment trial that could save his life.
His sister Saoirse (5) had also been assessed for treatment at the clinic and narrowly missed out in taking part in the trials in October. She died at the family home in Keel, Castlemaine, Co Kerry on January 18.
Liam's parents Tony and Mary will be with him throughout the trials in the States.
"He's holding his own and as long as he keeps that up we're happy," said Mr Heffernan.