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Sunday 25 February 2018

Dying mum needs €20,000 to spend last weeks in Poland

Marta Salacka with a photo of herself, her husband Mariusz and her son, Nikodem
Marta Salacka with a photo of herself, her husband Mariusz and her son, Nikodem
Marta Salacka and her husband, Mariusz
Marta Salacka (27)

Barry Duggan

THE last wish of a young mother who has been diagnosed with leukaemia is that she can fly home so she can die peacefully surrounded by her family.

A major fundraising appeal is under way in Limerick where friends of Marta Salacka (27) are hoping to raise €20,000 to allow her travel home to Poland on a special medical flight.

Mrs Salacka was told earlier this year that she was suffering from leukaemia -- and despite a bone marrow transplant and chemotherapy, she found out in recent days that an aggressive form of cancer has spread.

She has a four-year-old son Nikodem with her husband Mariusz, and they live in Castleconnell, Co Limerick. Her parents flew into Ireland last Friday.

From Gorzow, Wielkopolski, Mrs Salacka arrived in the country seven years ago and has worked in Burger King in Limerick city.

Her friend, Laura English said medics told Marta that it is only a matter of time.

"The doctors basically said the leukaemia was back full belt and there was nothing more they could do for her really.

"She only has a matter of weeks if she decided not to do chemo and she only has a matter of months if she does," Ms English said. "If she has the chemo here, she won't be able to fly. Her last wish is to go home to her parents' house in Poland. She won't have the chemo here. The big problem is getting her home -- she needs an air ambulance and it costs €20,000."

In an online blog, Mrs Salacka has told how well her life was going until she was diagnosed.

"I am a 27-year-old wife of the most wonderful guy under the sun and mother of the cutest four-year-old boy," she wrote.

"We live in Ireland, in a beautiful house with a garden.

"Mariusz -- my husband has a steady job. What more could you want from life? I am trying not to cry, but when I look at my family, my heart is breaking."

A fundraiser will be held tonight at Ahane GAA clubhouse in Limerick at 8pm. There is also an online page for donations, at: www.gofundme.com/1chbnw

Irish Independent

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