Cancer teen Shan (17) to have eggs frozen free of charge following huge public response to story
Published 26/02/2016 | 10:20
An Irish teenager who is battling cancer will have to opportunity to freeze her eggs for the future after an Irish fertility clinic offered to carry out the procedure free of charge.
Shauntelle Tynan (17) is currently battling a rare form of cancer and missed out on the opportunity to have the procedure funded by the state ahead of aggressive chemotherapy to treat the disease.
Following a public appeal on Independent.ie, a Dublin-based fertility clinic will now cover the cost of the procedure, which will protect Shauntelle’s dream of having a family in the future.
Shauntelle’s mum Leona said that the generous offer from Beacon Care Fertility has taken a huge weight off the teenager’s shoulders and she thanked the public for their generosity and support.
“To say we are ecstatic at the generosity would be a major understatement,” said Leona.
“We are so grateful to them and to the public for their donations. The donations will be used to help with funding for Shan’s second trip to the States in May where she will undergo further treatment to help beat this disease.”
Director of the Beacon Care Fertility Pauline Cullen revealed that the clinic's decision to offer Shan the treatment was a simple one.
"I read the article and I really admired her. The struggle to start a family is such a stressful thing and to have that stress as a 17-year-old woman was incomprehensible. To have the chance to start a family taken away from you so young would be so difficult.
"Our situation was that we had the means to offer Shauntelle this treatment and we were happy to help her. It was a simple decision in the end," she said.
The 17-year-old from Carlow was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer Histiocytosis X in May 2015 and has been undergoing chemotherapy for five consecutive days in every 21 since then to help battle the disease. In March she will travel to Texas where she will undergo life saving treatment at the hands of expert Dr. Ken Mc Clain.
Leona revealed that Shauntelle was not informed of the opportunity to freeze her eggs ahead of chemotherapy, which would have meant that in excess of €4000 would have been covered by the state. Because chemotherapy had already commenced Shauntelle would have had to undergo the procedure as a private patient at huge personal cost to her family, who are focused on raising vital funds for her American treatment.
Earlier this year, brave schoolgirl Shan opened up about her experience as part of Independent.ie’s Living with Cancer week.
“I don't want sympathy I just want to win this battle. Everyone tells me I'm strong and honestly when I look at everything I feel strong, the weak moments done define me the strong ones do,” Shan said.
“They get me to tomorrow and give me a peek into my future, the future I want full of love, travel, adventure and good health.
“Someone once told me that life only gives you what it knows you can handle so in a way I'm clinging onto that in the hope that I will fight and I will survive the battle,” said Shan.