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FROM WEXFORD TO NEWCASTLE Irish family fights to save baby Maggie

Updated: Jul 7

In January 2024, baby Maggie was born in a small village in County Wexford. Unfortunately, it became clear that there was something not quite right and she was diagnosed with SCID - a rare, life-threatening immune deficiency condition.

The family arrived at the Great North Children’s Hospital at Newcastle’s RVI on 22nd April – it is one of only two hospitals to offer treatment in these islands.

Maggie needed a bone marrow transplant and fortunately her brother Paddy (aged 3) was a 100% match. On 5th June he had the operation, and two days later his marrow was given to his tiny sister. Now we hope and pray his bravery has saved his sister’s life.

Meanwhile, the whole Connor family are staying at the hospital: mother Sally (only 22 herself), father Henry, Paddy, and Sally’s mam, Celine. So far, they have done it all themselves but after so long with a stay of at least two months more, funds are very low.

The Irish Centre has organised a family friendly fundraising event for Maggie on SUNDAY 14TH JULY from 2pm. Please support it (see advert). You can also make a donation to the fund by cheque to Tyneside Irish Centre, by card to 0191 2610384, or by BACS to 30-99-50 AC 79943068, reference Maggie’s Fund.

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