A THREE-year-old girl with an extremely rare form of cancer has flown out to New York to receive revolutionary treatment for her condition.
Megan Malone became ill in October, just a few days after her parents Sheila and John Malone celebrated the birth of their fourth child.
Megan appeared to be perfectly healthy until only recently.
But after being taken to hospital vomiting and losing her balance, doctors carried out a brain scan which revealed a highly malignant tumour on her brain as well as multiple others in her brain and spine.
The tot had been receiving chemotherapy here before being accepted for potentially life-saving treatment at the New York Presbyterian Children's Hospital.
And despite the closures at Dublin Airport, the family managed to fly to America yesterday to begin the radical treatment, which will cost around €220,000 including accommodation.
They are expected to spend up to nine months in the US.
Megan's aunt, Brid Malone, said: "We are just thrilled. She will be taken straight to the hospital for blood tests and an MRI and they will start treatment as soon as possible."
The family's fundraising campaign has already raised nearly €100,000 and they will spend the next nine months in the States.
Brid explained how they managed to fly out of Dublin Airport yesterday morning, just before many flights were cancelled.
"They were very lucky to get out at all," she said. "They were on the 11.20am flight to New York with Aer Lingus and we're just waiting to hear from them later on today."
A fundraising account for the family has been opened in Ulster Bank, Ballincollig, Co Cork.
Details are: Megan Malone Trust; sort code: 985482; account number: 10117900. Donations can also be made at www.meganmalonetrust.org.