There was a warm Wexford welcome for campaigner Vera Twomey as she arrived in town to officially launch her new book 'For Ava'. Contained in its pages is a story that is both heartbreaking and inspiring in equal measure as it outlines the lengths one woman was forced to go to in order to access life-saving treatment for her daughter.
After Ava was diagnosed with a rare form of epilepsy, seizures became commonplace in their household and she sometimes had up to 15 per day. At one point, Vera and her husband Paul were told that their daughter was not expected to live past three years-old.
After a huge amount of campaigning, which included two 260km walks from Cork to Dáil Eireann, Vera managed to obtain a licence for medicinal cannabis for Ava and she has come along in leaps and bounds since.
She recounted her story to an appreciative Wexford audience at the Book Centre for the launch.
'Vera read from her book ad you could have heard a pin drop, with the exception of parts of her reading when you could only hear gasps at her described treatment by the powers that be,' said friend and organiser of the Wexford event Ann Williams. 'She then opened the floor to a Q&A and people were thrilled to have the opportunity to have their many important questions answered and also to have the opportunity to speak out. How far Vera has brought us.'
Also speaking on the day was Fair City star Ruth Hegarty, who plays the character Nora and is a great supporter of Vera's.
The entire Wexford event was also captured on camera by Michael Benson and Sharon Clancy from BenPix Productions, something which was a big surprise for the Cork woman and it will afford her the opportunity to watch back with her family and remember her Wexford welcome down the line.