Family plea for help

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A local family are asking for help to raise £45,000 for pioneering brain surgery for their daughter.

Rachel McGettigan, 24, has travelled to Australia for expert medical opinion, and has been told a 14mm cyst on her brain stem can be treated, but at a cost.

Her parents and friends have set up an online fundraising account to help raise the £45,000 needed.

Speaking to the ‘Journal’ yesterday, her mother Joanne said, “We are so thankful for all the help we have received so far. The generosity has been unbelievable.

“We have to hope that the surgery will take place and give Rachel her quality of life back.”

Explaining what happened to Rachel, Joanne continued, “Rachel suffered a head injury during a fall from a trampoline aged fourteen years old. As a result she was forced to learn to walk again.

“However she never fully recovered and subsequently was diagnosed with Dystonia, scoliosis and fibromyalgia. “Rachel though always positive, refused to believe the diagnosis and had a nagging fear that it was something more serious.”

As a result Rachel sent her medical files to clinical experts around the world and Australian Dr. Charles Teo, undertook to examine Rachel.

The McGettigan family immediately raised the funds to send her to Australia where Dr. Teo has identified a 14mm long brain cyst.

Rachel’s family are now faced with raising the £45,000 necessary to pay for her medical treatment.

As well as a number of fundraising events, friends and family have already contributed in excess of £6, 000 thereby raising 10% of the money required in the first two days of their campaign.

Asked what kept her going Rachel, a member of religious group Cursillo, replied, “I believed I would receive the cure I’ve been looking for. I have a very strong faith in God and I refuse to give into this but now I believe this is my only shot to live a full life. I don’t want to ask for help.”

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