Cork tot Megan Malone will return home at the start of September after life saving treatment in America – months after Irish doctors told her parents she had weeks to live.
Four-year-old Megan is now cancer free after revolutionary care in New York and Boston saved her life.
Megan, from the village of Kilnamartyra near Macroom, was diagnosed with a rare cancerous brain tumor last October.
Irish doctors said she had just weeks to live but her parents John and Sheila refused to believe them.
Now, after spending over a million dollars on treatment in the States, they are preparing to bring their little girl home to Ireland in September.
Her American care, first at the specialist Head Start treatment programme at New York’s Presbyterian Children’s Hospital and then in Boston, has cleared her of cancer.
Cork girl in New York for life saving treatment hopes for all clear this week
Tests in Boston last month confirmed Megan as ‘visually cancer-free; but doctors there have continued a course of radiotherapy as a precautionary measure.
While there is no evidence of cancer, doctors say the continuing radiotherapy will kill any microscopic cancer cells which might still exist.
Dad John revealed: “We have booked our flight home for September 3rd and we’re all very excited about that. It’s been a long and difficult road for every member of our family, but especially for Megan.
“We are so proud of her and hope that she will not remember most of it.
“Our wish is that Megan will remain cancer-free and enjoy every minute of a long and happy life. I haven’t seen our other children so excited in such a long time.”
Megan begins a third week of a six-week course of proton-beam radiotherapy at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on Monday.
The total cost of Megan’s treatment in the US will come to over a million dollars and most of this has been paid for by an anonymous donor.
Ireland’s Health Service is to cover the $340,000 cost of Megan’s radiotherapy treatment in Boston.