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Agony as baby Zoe passes away


THE little girl from Mourneabbey battling an aggressive form of brain cancer, Zoe Lehane-lavarde, for whom the ' My Sister Zoe' appeal was launched, tragically succumbed to her illness last Friday.

Eighteen-month-old Zoe ( pictured ), daughter of Alex Lavarde and Orlaith Lehane, died last Friday evening in a hospital in Brussels with her family by her side.

It is understood that Zoe's condition had deteriorated over the last fortnight. No funeral arrangements have at the time of print been made but it will be a private ceremony.

The family wish to convey their appreciation for the support the My Sister Zoe appeal has received and all those involved with the various fund-raisers.

The family have also asked for privacy at this time.

Zoe, who along with her twin brother Leo celebrated their first birthday last April, was diagnosed with the cancer last March. The condition, A typical teratoid/Rhabdoid Tumour (AT/RT), is an extremely rare and highly aggressive form of brain cancer that often spreads through the central nervous system.

In March Zoe underwent surgery to remove the tumour. Due to the rare nature of her condition, and as her age meant the required chemotherapy was high risk, Zoe's parents investigated less invasive treatment in America.

This brought them to the pioneering Burzynski Clinic in Texas, where Zoe responded well to treatment.

The 'My Sister Zoe' appeal was launched by relatives and friends of the family in order to help pay for the expensive treatment.

Fund-raising events held in aid of Zoe included the Face of Mallow contest, a motorcycle run, a fashion show and a music concert.