PEOPLE are rallying round to offer help and support for three-year-old Katie Lonergan who needs an operation to give her the chance to walk.
Katie’s plight was highlighted on the Christmas appeal of the Kilkenny People when her parents made a heartfelt appeal for donations to help make up the €60,000 needed for the groundbreaking treatment. “To date there has been a great reaction. A committee was set up the week before Christmas. It is amazing people we don’t even know have been getting in touch. It has been overwhelming - the response and local people have been brilliant.
“We have had donations from as far a way as Perth from someone we don’t personally know. It is so inspiring to see that goodness still there and the generosity of people.
“There was someone who saw it on a friend’s Facebook page and they raised £450 in a bag pack. They don’t even know us. It is incredible to see the goodness and the generosity in people. There are lots of plans for more fundraising activities over the coming weeks,” added her mother Aisling.
Katie from Owning, Piltown is a surviving twin who was born 15 weeks premature. After her twin Conor passed away, Katie fought a long hard battle to survive. She was diagnosed as profoundly deaf on discharge from hospital and received a cochlear implant in September 2011.
At 18 months Katie was officially diagnosed as having cerebral palsy and her family were advised that Katie would never walk.
The new treatment in the States. Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy involves sectioning (cutting) some of the sensory nerve fibers that come from
the muscles and enter the spinal cord. Last month the Lonergan family got the news we were hoping for when Katie was accepted as an excellent candidate for the surgery in Missouri.
To donate lodge to account name: Katie’s Wish To Walk, account number: 19529465, Sort Code: 90-59-69, IBAN: IE76BOFI90596919529465 BIC: BOFI IE 2D. The account is in the Bank of Ireland in Carrick on Suir. If donating by cheque, please make them payable to Katie’s Wish to Walk.