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€42k raised to fly brave mum home

A YOUNG mother who has terminal leukaemia has been flown home to her native Poland after members of the public raised more than €40,000 following an appeal.

The last wish of Marta Salacka (27) was to fly home to Poland so that she could die peacefully with her parents and family at her bedside.

However, €20,000 had to be raised to allow her travel home on an air ambulance to Poland before she became too ill for the journey.

Marta moved to Ireland seven years ago and lived in Castleconnell, Co Limerick.

She was given the devastating diagnosis earlier this year and, despite, a bone marrow transplant and chemotherapy, she found out last month the aggressive form of cancer had spread.



Wish

A fundraising appeal started by her friends began last month to allow Marta's last wish to be granted.

More than €40,000 was raised in just over a week and Marta -- along with husband, Mariusz and her four-year-old son, Nikodem -- flew out of Weston Executive Airport in Dublin at 9.30am yesterday to Szczecin, Poland.

They touched down in Poland just before 1pm and she was in her parents' home last night.

Marta's friend Laura English said she is happy to be finally home: "I was taking to her about 4pm and she is just really tired from all the travelling -- she is comfortable.

"I was with her Saturday and she was very sleepy and in a lot of pain. She has been in a lot of pain for the last week or so.

"I'm going to Poland hopefully next week, so we'll see how she is doing then and keep in touch with her husband also."

Ms English said Marta was absolutely overwhelmed and delighted with the response from across the country after €42,000 was raised for her.

"She still can't believe it. She could not believe the amount of people that wanted to help her and was so touched by it all to be honest. It's lovely to see for her that people in another country wanted to help her.

"My God, it surpassed every expectation. There are a lot of good people left in Ireland."

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