The Bansha nurse who went to America for treatment for a rare brain tumour received a warm welcome home on Monday night.
On an emotional night in Bansha at a fund raising concert, Fiona Power and her family received a huge welcome home boost after her trip to the Emery Clinic in Atlanta.
Fiona, who turned twenty five while in America, returned home on Monday and that evening addressed the audience at a fundraising concert.
There was standing room only in the Bansha GAA Hall as Fiona personally thanked everybody in the community and the people of the county for supporting her and the fundraising committee set up to assist the Power family.
Holding back the tears, Fiona thanked the committee and everybody who contributed so generously over the last few months.
Fiona thanked them for giving her hope and said she and her family were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support they had been given.
“What you have done as a community for a young person is absolutely tremendous”, Kay Hogan, a director of nursing at St. Johns Hospital,Limerick told the audience.
She informed the large attendance that the Emery Clinic had given Fiona hope and had set out a new medical programme for her to deal with the brain tumour and the deposits on her spine.
Margaret O’Connell, one of the committee members, said Monday night was a special occasion in the village.
She said that Fiona was tired after travelling back from America that day with her parents Richard and Theresa but wanted to attend the concert and thank people for their wonderful support.
“We hope now that the new course of treatment that Fiona is on will be a success,” said Margaret.
Fiona spent over two weeks at the Emery Clinic during which time she attended a number of appointments and underwent a series of tests.
Prior to her departure, Fiona said the clinic was her ‘last hope’. She has battled a pituitary tumour since the age of fourteen. She has undergone multiple surgeries to remove parts of the tumour but because of its delicate location all of it could not be removed.
Last November Fiona and her family received the devastating news that her tumour had turned malignant and had left deposits in her spine.
A group of friends and neighbours set up a fundraising committee to support the Power family when the Emery Clinic agreed to take on Fiona’s case.
That fundraising campaign has been an enormous success with every event organised, including the concert in Bansha on Monday night, receiving incredible support.