Little Cian McDonnell, from Carlanstown, near Kells in Co. Meath is currently in Boston’s Children Hospital being assessed for a life-saving lung transplant. If approved, $1 million will be required for the operation.
Without the surgery, Cian will die within months. He was diagnosed with a rare condition called Dyskeratosis Congenita shortly after birth, and went blind before turning one year old.
He underwent a bone marrow transplant in January 2013, and his condition greatly improved afterwards.
However, back in January this year, Cian began experiencing severe shortness of breath, and was eventually diagnosed with microscopic pulmonary avms, which basically means tiny pinholes in his lungs.
The brave little boy was assessed at Great Ormond Street Hospital in the UK, which specialises in lung transplants. However, his parents were told he would not be considered for a transplant there, so he was moved to Boston’s Children Hospital, the parents’ last hope. Cian is currently undergoing tests there, but the operation, if it’s to go ahead, will cost in the region of $1 million.
Without the operation, Cian will not survive much longer. If you wish to donate, you can do so at Cian’s gofundme page at http://www.gofundme.com/hopeforcian, or Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/hopeforcian