THE mother of a three-year-old Dromore girl who has to travel to America for regular treatment on a potentially life-threatening spinal condition has thanked a local football club after receiving a generous donation.
Geraldine McQuaid praised the kindness and support of Tummery Athletic after receiving two cheques from a representative of the local football club, totalling £600, to go towards paying for her daughter’s ongoing trips to Philadelphia.
Little Maisie McQuaid, from Longhill Road, outside Dromore, was diagnosed with idiopathic infantile scoliosis, a progressive curvature of the spine, shortly after she turned two years old.
Devastated by the discovery that her treatment in the North was not improving her situation, her parents, Geraldine and Aidan McQuaid, took the decision to send their daughter to Shriners Hospital in Philadelphia, which specialises in treating children with scoliosis.
Since getting fitted with a specially-designed cast at the American hospital at the start of August, the improvement in Maisie’s condition has been substantial.
To continue with this treatment, Maisie and her parents will have to return to the hospital every eight weeks for a minimum of two years.
If the curvature in her spine can be corrected in this way, it will avoid the need for any future invasive surgery.
In last week’s UH, it was revealed that a draw organised to help cover the costs of the little girl’s trips to the USA had raised around £25,000 from the local community, with more money still to be counted.
Now, Mrs McQuaid has paid tribute to the support the family has received from Fermanagh and Western side, Tummery Athletic, who play in Dromore.
Club representative, Sean McDermott, presented two cheques – one for £500 and the other for £100 – to little Maisie and her father Aidan.
The £500 donation resulted from Tummery’s recent match against Enniskillen Rangers in the Kennedy Cup, which is organised by the Fermanagh and Western Football Association.