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Brave cancer girl Megan set for the all-clear, year after treatment in the US

LITTLE Megan Malone, who was given weeks to live a year ago, is about to mark the first all-clear from cancer.

The four-year-old, who suffered from a rare cancer that was attacking her brain and spine, will need to get an MRI every three months for two years, and later twice a year until she reaches the five-year all clear to ensure that her treatment in the US was effective.

Megan's parents John (40) and Sheila (37) and her siblings Chloe (7), Dylan (6) and Tristan (1) travelled with her to New York and Boston earlier this year so she could receive expert care after doctors in Ireland gave her a less than 10pc chance of survival.

"We are all a bit anxious about Megan's first MRI, but we have to look on the positive side," John told the Herald.



Hope

"The purpose of the frequent MRIs in the first two years is to ensure that we are able to do something about it sooner rather than later if there is any problem. We can only live and hope. I am confident that the disease is gone."

The Malones realised their precious daughter was seriously ill when she started vomiting every day and slowly losing her ability to walk. She was rushed to the A&E on October 11, 2010, the same day her brother Tristan was brought home after his birth, and later that week, the brave little girl was diagnosed with Spnet medulloblastoma, an aggressive cancer likely to kill her within weeks.

After raising money for her treatment last December, John and Sheila moved the family from Kilnamartyra, Co Cork to the States because they "were not going to give up on her".

Now, just over a year after they received the terrible news, John and Sheila are back at home in Ireland with their family, living a near normal life.

John said: "We celebrated Tristan's first birthday earlier this month and we're now preparing for Halloween. Dylan and Chloe are back in school but we haven't been able to take Megan there yet.

"Her immunity isn't still a 100pc, she doesn't have her MMR vaccine and we have to try to keep her as safe as possible for the next 12 months to build up her immune system. Whether we send her to school will depend on whether children have been vaccinated."

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