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Thursday 14 December 2017

Inspirational Molly (6) battling through her rare cancer at Crumlin hospital

Molly McNally with her cousin Katie O'Connor
Molly McNally with her cousin Katie O'Connor

Brave Molly McNally is battling through her cancer treatment three weeks after being admitted to Our Lady's Children Hospital in Crumlin.

The inspirational six-year-old from Balbriggan has "been through the mill", according to her dad Gerry.

He and his wife, Emma, have been at Molly's side while she has been at the Dublin hospital supporting her all the way.

She underwent 17 rounds of chemotherapy in the week after she entered the hospital on January 25.

Then came a bone marrow transplant a week later, which went well, according to her dad.

uncomfortable

"It only took about 30 minutes. It is amazing. Getting the transplant done is straightforward. For Molly, it wasn't painful, but it was uncomfortable," he said.

Molly was given back her stem cells that were previously collected during the transplant.

Little Molly was subsequently very unwell, which was to be expected after such an amount of chemotherapy and it was difficult for her parents to see her so ill.

One of the things medics will closely monitor now is Molly's liver.

"You have to be on fluids all the time so you don't dehydrate. If the liver takes in too much fluid it can swell. They are still wary of that for the next week or two weeks," Gerry explained.

"They measure her tummy every morning, they check bloods. So far, fingers crossed, Molly's kidney and liver are fine."

The Dubs' mascot will be in Crumlin for around another three or four weeks.

Going forward, she will also have to undergo 21 rounds of radiotherapy in St Luke's.

Immunotherapy treatment will be further down the line for little Molly. "They like to start that about four months after a transplant," said Gerry.

The family has received many messages from people asking how Molly is doing, as the little girl has captured the hearts of people across Dublin city.

"It is unbelievable the amount of people asking about her," said Gerry.

The devoted dad was full of praise for the treatment his daughter is getting in Crumlin.

"The way Molly is looked after here is just unbelievable. It is second to none, the care is 24/7. Everything is precisely done.

rare

"The staff in here, we couldn't thank them enough. People give out about the HSE and hospitals and things like that, but it's time they got a bit of praise. We couldn't thank them enough," Gerry said.

Molly has been treated at Crumlin for neuroblastoma, a rare cancer that affects an average of 10 children a year in Ireland.

She is one of the Dubs' biggest supporters, and was delighted when star player Bernard Brogan paid her a visit when she went into hospital for treatment.

To donate to the Molly McNally Trust, text Molly to 57802. Texts cost €2. Also, visit www.facebook.com/mollymcnallymiracletrust.

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