Mer­ryn in good spir­its af­ter surgery

KID­NEY OPER­A­TION A SUC­CESS

Bray People - - NEWS - MARY FOG­A­RTY

THERE IS ‘no stop­ping’ five- year- old cancer pa­tient Mer­ryn Lacy, who is up and about af­ter un­der­go­ing surgery to re­move her kid­ney just last Fri­day.

‘She is un­hooked and just wants to get out and about,’ said her par­ents yes­ter­day (Tues­day). ‘It’s go­ing to be dif­fi­cult keep­ing up with her, but it’ll be fun!’

She had her oper­a­tion last week in Crum­lin to take away a pri­mary tu­mor, af­ter she was di­ag­nosed with stage four neu­rob­las­toma last year.

Just 24 hours af­ter surgery, she was sit­ting up. She was tired and sore but able to stand and de­ter­mined to get off the bed and do it her­self. ‘An­other day that has left us in awe of our lit­tle girl,’ said her par­ents Mick and Jenny.

Mer­ryn was in theatre for just over three hours and the oper­a­tion did very well.

‘We know we’ve still a long way to go to beat this, but it’s a small vic­tory to­day. Mer­ryn continues to amaze us with her strength and courage.’

The lit­tle girl’s fam­ily said that bring­ing their daugh­ter in to hospi­tal for her oper­a­tion was ‘fac­ing up to the monster,’ and de­scribe their fear prior to the surgery.

It was a ‘step into the un­known’ for them they said, adding that they placed their faith in the hands of the highly skilled sur­geon.

Mer­ryn’s fa­ther Mick is from Moun­tain­view Drive in Bray and the people of the town have been fundrais­ing fu­ri­ously to sup­port the fam­ily.

They need to raise hun­dreds of thou­sands to bring the lit­tle girl to Amer­ica for pi­o­neer­ing treat­ment to pre­vent re­lapse which is com­mon with her type of cancer.

Katie Tay­lor has got­ten be­hind the cam­paign, as well as Ire­land’s foot­ball and rugby stars, and even pop princess Kylie Minogue.

‘Neu­rob­las­toma is such a rare cancer and un­for­tu­nately the only place that seems to be do­ing re­search on it is in Amer­ica, where there are tri­als of a drug called DFMO, which is a blocker treat­ment,’ said Jenny.

‘It is only a trial but to date, no child that has been on that trial has re­lapsed which is why we are so des­per­ate to raise the funds.’

Any money raised which the Lacy fam­ily does not use will be do­nated to cancer re­search.

Mer­ryn up and about in hospi­tal with mum, Jenny.

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