Devastated mum appeals for return of stolen phone which holds 'priceless memories' of tragic daughter
A devastated mum has appealed for the return of her stolen phone, which contains thousands of pictures of her tragic little girl who passed away.
Stacey Mulcahy's daughter Sophie lost her battle against a rare genetic disorder after eight years, undergoing six heart operations in her short life.
When the little girl was born with a hypoplastic heart condition, doctors gave her just weeks to live - but she was a fighter.
Sophie was then diagnosed with the 1q43 genetic disorder, one of only 40 known cases worldwide, and sadly passed away in October 2014.
"I don't care about the phone...they can have it, they can kept it," the grieving mother told independent.ie.
"But my whole life was on that phone. It held the last photos, priceless memories of our Sophie."
Stacey's phone was stolen by a thief last Thursday evening who attended the nail bar she runs in Limerick city centre under the guise of booking an appointment.
When the grieving mother's back was turned, the black Galaxy Note with "priceless memories" of little Sophie was taken, the thief "gone in seconds".
"I haven't slept since this happened - I'm in an awful state. I am now begging people to share this story to try and get even the memory card back," said Stacey, who has two other children, Dion (15) and Kayla (8).
Gardai have since apprehended the thief but the phone had already been sold on and the memory card has not yet been recovered.
Stacey has appealed to the purchaser of the stolen phone to return the phone and memory card anonymously to Henry Street garda station in Limerick or her business, the Porcelain Doll nail bar at Fox's Bow.
Sophie's fight inspired her father Liam to set up the Cycle4Sick Children fundraiser and the Sophie's Journey foundation, supporting other families of children with fatal conditions.
"Memories are all we have of our beautiful little angel Sophie," said heartbroken Liam. "They are beautiful in every way."