Friday 24 November 2017

€15k raised for young woman's US operation

Mary Philbin.
Mary Philbin.
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

AN Irish woman who ran out of funds for life-changing surgery in the US has received a surge in donations after going public with her plight.

Mary Philbin (27) is ungergoing reconstructive surgery on her throat after battling a rare malignant tumour in 2005.

Since then she had been unable to swallow and must live on a diet of liquid food and baby food. With no other surgery options available in Ireland, Mary began innovative treatment in the US in 2012.

However, she did not qualify for funding from the HSE. Her family have spend over $60,000 (€44,000) to date on her surgeries but a further $50,000 (€37,000) is needed.

Since going public with her plight earlier this week, more than 200 people have pledged funds to support her, raising over €5,000 in one day alone.

The campaign has now raised almost $20,000 (€15,000).

Mary said she has been overwhelmed with the support.

Irish Independent

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