€120,000 raised to help Swords girl, Zoe battle rare brain tumour

by Sylvia Pownall

A Swords family has been bowled over by the level of support for their precious daughter, Zoe who was last month diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

Little Zoe O’Mahoney (3) will travel to Germany for treatment, after doctors discovered an aggressive malignant brain tumour – ATRT – which affects less than 60 people worldwide each year.

An online fund to help cover the family’s expenses during her treatment has raised more than €120,000 in just two weeks, with almost 4,500 donors who were touched by the brave tot’s story.

Zoe underwent emergency surgery after her shock diagnosis on July 15 to have fluid around her brain drained.

In a matter of weeks she will have undergone five surgeries in Temple Street Hospital to remove the tumour and prepare for the next stage of treatment.

Her devastated parents, Carmel and Alan, who watched over her from her hospital bedside until she was allowed home for a brief sojourn at the weekend, described her as a normal three-year-old.

They revealed: “Zoe is a bright, beautiful and brave three-year-old girl. She loves making her baby sister Holly laugh; her friends; Sylvanian Families; reading storybooks; singing; playgrounds and wearing pretty dresses and hairbands.”

Once her medical team are satisfied, Zoe will transfer to Crumlin Hospital for chemotherapy and then on to Germany for Proton (radiation) therapy.

The entire family is planning to relocate to Germany for the duration of Zoe’s treatment, with teacher Carmel applying for carer’s leave, while Alan plans to take unpaid time off work.

Updating supporters on Sunday after bringing Zoe back home, they said: “She is loving being with baby Holly again and sleeping in her pink bed. We will meet with the oncology team this week to discuss the plan for treatment. We would like to thank everyone for their overwhelming kindness and generosity.”

To donate to Zoe’s Magic Wand, see https://www.gofundme.com/f/zoes-magic-wand.

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