VIDEO: Irish child seeking life-saving lung transplant in Boston features in emotional appeal on US TV
This is heart-breaking stuff.
Cian McDonnell-Lynch is four years old and suffers from an extremely rare condition known as Dyskeratosis Congenita, which affects one in a million people.
It has left Cian, who hails from Carlanstown in Meath, blind since the age of one and in need of constant medical care in his short life to date.
Earlier this year, Cian was diagnosed with microscopic pulmonary AVMS and told by doctors in London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital that he had only months to live.
Pic via Facebook/Hope for Cian
His parents, Lisa and Donal, are not prepared to give up on Cian yet and have travelled to Boston in the hope that he can get a double lung transplant that might just save his life.
Lisa, Donal, Cian and Cian’s older sister Chloe appeared in an emotional and heart-warming segment on CBS Boston in an effort to increase awareness of Cian’s condition and to help drive contributions towards a fund that has already raised in excess of €120,000.
Cian’s parents reckon they’ll need approximately €1million to fund the procedure.
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It’s remarkable how calm and dignified Cian’s mother Lisa came across in the segment given the trying circumstances and for more details on how you can donate to the cause, check out the Hope for Cian Facebook page and the Hope for Cian website.