A mother of a little four year-old girl diagnosed with leukaemia has made an appeal to the public to donate blood without which her little girl would not have survived.
Cora Price, mother to little Róisín from Tipperary town, explained that the particular type of leukaemia prevents the production of red blood cells and platelets.
“In the last 14 weeks Róisín has received 12 transfusions between red blood cells and platelets. Because Róisín’s cancer is in her bone marrow and blood, she produces abnormal white blood cells that doesn’t leave room in her marrow for her body to produce red cells and platelets on her own.
This, as well as chemotherapy, brings her blood counts down and this is why Róisín and many other sick people need the public to donate blood. Without people donating a small amount, the unthinkable would happen and her life and the life of others depends on it. There is no greater thing in life then giving and the gift of life means everything,” said Cora.
Róisín celebrated her 4th birthday on Sunday last. She was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (A.L.L.) in February and is receiving a combination of different chemotherapy drugs given orally, intravenously, intramuscular and intrathecal, which is done using lumbar puncture.
Roisin receives most of her chemotherapy in Our Lady’s Children’s hospital Crumlin and certain ones in South Tipperary General Hospital.