Minister agrees to pay child's medical bills after appeal raises €22k

Tests: Abbey Murphy will be treated this weekend in Great Ormond Hospital, London. © RedFm / Twitter
Tests: Abbey Murphy will be treated this weekend in Great Ormond Hospital, London. © RedFm / Twitter

The people of Cork raised €22k in 60 minutes for a sick seven-year-old girl after her grandmother described her heartbreaking story on RedFM.

However, the government announced this everning that funding has been approved and there is no need to use the money raised.

Yesterday, listeners of Neil Prendeville at Cork's RedFM heard the story of Abbey Murphy who was diagnosed at the age of three and a half diaphragmatic hernia, an abnormal opening in the diaphragm that allowed organs from the belly to move up to the chest capacity.

According to Abbey's grandmother, Kathleen, the little girl has to go to school on nappies and has to vomit out every night.

"She's a typical 7-year old but her bowels don't work....she's very brave."

Abbey is in need of vital medical tests that could only be done at Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital in England at a cost £8,500.

Her family were due to fly out with her this week expecting the cost to be covered by the Treatment Abroad Scheme.

However, the family were told he trip won't be covered by the scheme as the tests were with a private consultant.

Following the show, the listeners pledged €22,000 in one hour.

 

 

But, in a dramatic twist, the Minister for Health Simon Harris contacted the show this afternoon saying that he was "pleased to confirm that Abby will receive all the treatments she needs as planned and scheduled in Great Ormond St Hosptial. There will be no need for outside funding as pledged by the very generous listeners to RedFm." 

 

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