Erika is the most amazing 5 year old and I am going to tell you why.
Erika was born prematurely at 31 weeks and had hydrocephalus and needed a shunt inserted into her brain. Erika had many hospital stays over the first 3 years of her life which included being treated for swine flu and pneumonia. Thankfully, she got through these awful diseases.
In December 2018, Erika’s shunt in her brain blocked and she underwent brain surgery. Then, her tummy became very swollen for 2 weeks, which the hospital put down to constipation. However, this was not the case and Erika was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma cancer in her pelvis.
Erika's kidneys began to fail and she ended up in I.C.U for 4 weeks where Erika underwent dialysis. This proves that Erika will fight anything thrown her way!
Erika then went to Temple Street and had to go through yet another surgery on her brain, as her shunt blocked again due to the size of the tumour in her pelvis.
Erika had 9 cycles of VAC chemotherapy, reconstructive surgery and had 23 sessions of proton therapy in Essen Germany. In December, Erika got a scan to check the tumour after her radiation in Germany and the scan was totally clear, the cancer was gone.
Erika had just finished 6 months of chemo on Tuesday, 28th of April and had a scan to check the tumour as her treatment was finally over. Devastatingly, we got the news that Erika had relapsed and the tumour had grown in the same spot to 9cm in size. We are absolutely devastated and we will try every avenue to make sure Erika recovers.
At the moment, Erika is undergoing chemotherapy in Crumlin hospital. After this, we are hoping to go to Amsterdam for further treatment to kill the 9cm tumour inside Erika’s pelvis.
Our main aim is to GET ERIKA TO AMERICA, if the tumour shrinks enough to have it fully removed. This can cost over €650,000 including €450,000 just for the surgery alone, possible treatment that will follow post-surgery, aftercare, travel and accommodation expenses.
We are trying all forms of medicine, natural alternatives, very expensive testing and every single thing we can that could possibly save beautiful little Erika’s life. We want to be ready to GET ERIKA TO AMERICA if it becomes an option.
If Erika passes before this can happen and Erika needs palliative care, the funds will be used for her palliative care and the remaining funds will be donated to The Gavin Glynn Foundation and Aoibheann’s Pink Tie Charity.
We are utterly heartbroken and we are desperate to have every option available to us to try everything that could save Erika.
We have been in touch with Bryan Breen, the secretary from Do It for Dan, who has given us great guidance, advice and ideas while setting this all up for Erika.
Louise and Joe would like to thank everyone who has been helping and continuing to help us through this tough time.
Together, we can make this happen.
We have a little in warrior, Erika.
So, LET’S GET ERIKA TO AMERICA!
- Deirdre Cronin
- Beckie Andrews
- Valentyna Lysenko
- Andrea Bray
- Paul FitzPatrick
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