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Thursday 17 January 2019

Offers flood in to help cancer mum

A MUM of three who is "dying in front of her children's eyes "says she will beg the city council on her hands and knees to be moved out of her one-bedroom squalor.

The Herald revealed on Wednesday how brave Rhoda Crosbie (36) is in a life-saving battle with breast cancer but has been forced to turn down vital treatment so she can look after her children.

Rhoda's heart-rending story provoked dozens of messages of support from readers who are furious that Dublin City Council has told her that she is not a "priority" case.

Rhoda told the Herald that she is "completely overwhelmed" by the messages of support she has received.

"Since the article appeared in the Herald, I've just been getting so many calls and texts. People from all over Ireland and even abroad are offering to help me.

"It means more to me than you can imagine but I won't be accepting any financial support. All I want is for Dublin City Council to give us a home in which my kids can live real lives."

Despite receiving several offers of donations, Rhoda says she would prefer to see the money go to the breast cancer clinic in Eccles Street, part of the Mater Hospital.

"Breast cancer has just left me completely drained. I'm deteriorating here every day while my kids feel helpless. I'm terrified I'm going to die and my children will be left without their mother," she said.

Outrage

A council spokesperson again today refused to make a statement, saying that it is their policy not to comment on "individual cases".

Our coverage of Rhoda's plight has caused outrage among readers right across the country.

Herald reader Becky Loftus from Co Wicklow said: "It's so frustrating to see a woman that you can relate to go through so much pain. When stories like this are publicised, people need to step up and act and offer what they can. Email your local TDs and councillors. Nobody should be living like this."

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