Saturday 20 January 2018

Generous public rally to send dying mother home to Poland

Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

A YOUNG mother with terminal leukaemia is preparing to fly home to Poland in the coming days thanks to the generosity of the Irish public.

Friends of Marta Salacka (27) said she is "blown away" with the response to an appeal which has raised over €26,000 to cover the cost of an air ambulance.

For a time, over €2,000-an-hour was flooding into a special bank account set up on her behalf as the tragic story of the mother-of-one touched people's hearts around the country.

An initial target of €20,000 had been set. However, due to the level of interest this was raised to €25,000 and that figure has now been surpassed.

Marta, who is from Gorzow Wielkopolski but is living in Castleconnel in Co Limerick with her husband Mariusz and their four-year-old son Nikodem, said it was her dying wish to return to Poland to spend her last days with family.

Marta's friend Laura English said the young mother's spirits have been buoyed as she watched the total rise.

"She said to me 'I wish I could live longer so I could tell you what this means to me.'"

Marta was diagnosed with leukaemia earlier this year and, despite undergoing a bone marrow transplant and chemotherapy, she learned in recent days that her cancer has spread.

Her doctors told her that with more chemotherapy she might extend her life by months, but without it she would only have weeks left. However, her friends said that if she continued chemotherapy in Ireland she would be too sick to fly home.

"She will be flying home next week. She wants to go home as soon as possible. The minute we book the air ambulance, I'm booking a flight," said Laura.

It will cost around €20,000 to fly Marta home in an air ambulance and she will be accompanied by her husband and son. The remaining money will pay for treatment in Poland.

Anyone wishing to donate to the fund can do so through www.gofundme.com/1chbnw.

Tragedy brings out our generous nature

Irish Independent

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