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Four-year-old who had 'weeks to live' given all-clear from cancer

Cork-born Megan Malone and her parents were given the good news by doctors treating her in the US.

Megan in March of this year
Megan in March of this year

A-FOUR-YEAR-OLD girl has been given the all-clear after intensive treatment helped her beat a rare form of cancer which had doctors previously saying she had just weeks to live.

The Irish Daily Mirror reports that Megan Malone had been given just weeks to live by doctors in Ireland when she was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour, sPNET medullablastoma, last October.

But after spending the last eight months undergoing intensive treatment in New York and Boston, the girl from near Macroom in Co Cork has been given the all clear by doctors there.

Writing on Megan’s online journal of her cancer battle, her parents John and Sheila delivered the news:

This is the best news we could have asked for.

Proton Beam Radiation Therapy works best on microscopic cancer so hopefully this will now kick this cancer’s ass once and for all.

Of course nobody knows whether or not this cancer will recur but her long term survival prospects are starting to really look promising now.

Malone’s €300,000 hospital expenses were paid for by a mystery donor while her parents and extended family raised another €179,000 to cover extra medical costs and living expenses.

It is now hoped that Megan can return to Ireland to start play-school in September.

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