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Davina and her parents David and Colette have received the welcome news that scans show her brain tumour has disappeared.

Davina and her parents David and Colette have received the welcome news that scans show her brain tumour has disappeared.

Davina and her parents David and Colette have received the welcome news that scans show her brain tumour has disappeared.

A COUPLE have received the best Christmas present they could have wished for after learning that their daughter's life-threatening tumour has disappeared.

Colette and David Flaherty's world was turned upside down last year when nine-year-old Davina was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Last July, the schoolgirl from Portumna, Co Galway, underwent a 10-hour operation at Temple Street Hospital in Dublin which removed 95pc of the growth.

Davina, the second youngest of six children, has been left with double vision and extreme fatigue since the surgery.

Mum Colette said she will probably need corrective eye surgery in the future.

However, the family finally have reason to celebrate after doctors said Davina's latest brain scans had come back clear.

"It's the best possible news," said Colette. "It's a huge weight off our shoulders because we weren't expecting to hear this. It really is like winning the Lotto, only much better.

"There's always the danger that the tumour could come back, and Davina will need regular scans, but for the moment it's really great news and has made our Christmas."

Davina was one of eight children honoured on Saturday night at the Share A Dream National Children of Courage Awards at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Limerick.

"Honouring these children gives many other families struggling to come to terms with an ill child the hope that their child can have a fulfilled life," said charity founder Shay Kinsella.

"These children deserve the recognition and to know that they are not alone and not forgotten.

"There is no greater joy in the world than seeing the smile on the face of a very special child who has suffered so much in their short and traumatic life and knowing you made that smile happen. It's magic."

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Now in its 23rd year, the Share A Dream Foundation has worked with thousands of children across the island of Ireland to help make their dreams come true and give them a much-needed break away from hospitals, painful treatments, loneliness and fear.

The public can donate €2 to the charity by texting SHARE to 50300.

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