Fiona undergoing tests at top US clinic

A twenty four year old Bansha nurse who has a rare brain tumour has undergone routine tests at a clinic in Atlanta.

A twenty four year old Bansha nurse who has a rare brain tumour has undergone routine tests at a clinic in Atlanta.

Fiona Power, who travelled to America last Friday with her parents, had blood tests carried out at the Emery Clinic in Atlanta on Monday and on Tuesday she had an MRI scan.

“The family are happy with how things are gong at the moment. Fiona is having routine tests and it will be later in the week before results are analysed and a decision is taken on what to do next,” said Margaret O’Connell, a member of the organising committee set up to raise funds to assist the Power family.

“The prayers and thoughts of everybody in the community are with Fiona at the moment. Everybody is thinking of the family and hoping for the best,” said Margaret.

The clinic provides the ‘last hope’ for Fiona who 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 came together to raise funds to assist the Power family when the Emery Clinic in Atlanta agreed to give Fiona an appointment.

A Fun Run fundraiser held in Rockwell College was a fantastic success which was attended by runners, joggers and walkers from all over South Tipperary.

“We were thrilled with the turnout on Sunday. It was a marvellous day and the generosity of people who supported the run was fantastic,” said Margaret.

Another fundraiser, a concert with Louise Morrissey and Sam Doherty among the guest performers, will be held at Bansha GAA Centre on the May Bank Holiday Monday.