'Maja was beautiful, cheerful, loving' - community devastated after tragic death of girl (5)
The tragic death of a five year old girl in Cork has sparked a massive outpouring of support for her heartbroken Polish family.
A GoGetFunding page was set up to to help the family of Maja Glowacka (5) who died earlier this week from a suspected infection just days after starting junior infants in her local school in Carrigtwohill in East Cork.
While the Health Service Executive (HSE) issued an advisory notice about a possible case of Meningococcal Disease (meningitis), it is now feared that the little girl may instead have died from a blood infection or sepsis.
A medical inquiry remains ongoing into the precise cause of the little girl's tragic death.
Family friend, Agnieska Lowas, set up the fundraising page with the aim of raising €2,000 to help the Polish family with funeral costs and foreign travel expenses.
Incredibly, within 14 hours it had exceeded its goal by 400pc and had raised €8,300.
Collection points have now been set up around East Cork by local community groups to help the Polish family.
"Maja was a beautiful, cheerful little girl, loving her family and her big brother Mikolaj deeply," Agnieska posted.
"As friends of the family and part of the Carrigtwohill community we would love to support them as much as we can."
"The extended family is living in Poland and we are looking to help raise funds for all the funeral expenses that will take place abroad, their healthcare and living expenses while being out of work."
"It is an urgent call and we are looking to raise the funds within one week. Every contribution counts and is much appreciated," she wrote.
Maja had just started in junior infants at Scoil Mhuire Naofa, in Carrigtwohill, where her brother Mikolaj is also a pupil.
The little girl became ill and was rushed to hospital but sadly died before her condition could be stabilised.
It is the second blow for the family as Maja's father, Krzysztof, was previously diagnosed with cancer though he has successfully battled the illness.
Friends are now supporting Maja's mother, Iwona, who is trying to console her older brother, Mokolaj, second class student at Schoil Mhuire Naofa.
Special tributes to little Maja have been collected at Scoil Mhuire Naofa over recent days and counselling supports are being made available for everyone.
Principal Anne Marie Moylan wrote to all the parents asking them to keep Maja and her family in their thoughts and prayers.