Zoe appeal on course to reach target

Last July Eamonn Murphy and Lynda Bannon faced the daunting task of raising €100,000 to pay for a life changing operation for their two-year old daughter Zoe. Thanks to the generosity of the people of Dundalk they are on the verge of reaching that figure and now Zoe and her delighted parents can get ready for the life changing surgery which will take place in St Louis, Missouri hopefully within the next 12 months.
Two-year old Zoe Murphy was born with quadriplegia and cerebral palsy at 21 months old and as a result suffers with spasticity and restricted movement. Zoe’s parents Lynda Bannon and Eamonn Murphy were told by doctors that their daughter faced the prospect of being in a wheelchair for the rest of her life. However, after being introduced to CBD Oil in early 2018 Zoe showed remarkable improvements and was told that she was now eligible to receive life changing surgery in America that could improve her standard of living still further. Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy aims to selectively destroy problematic nerve roots in the spinal cord – potentially eradicating spasticity as Zoe’s bones/muscles continue to grow.
Within weeks of the appeal being launched, word began to spread of brave Zoe’s plight and fundraisers began to pop up all over town as the people of Dundalk got behind the Murphy family’s plea for help.
According to Zoe’s mother Lynda the support the family have received from people all over Dundalk and further afield has been amazing.
“There have been so many fundraisers and way too many too mention them all but I want to thank every single person who has helped us along the way. Even the lads in Dundalk football club came to our draw in the Marshes shopping centre on Sunday which was great. They had spent the day signing autographs and taking photos all day up in Oriel and then they still found the time to come down and support out draw.
“We have been given a date of February 2020 for the operation but we are on a cancellation list as well and we have been told that there is a good chance that we may even get Zoe in for the operation before that. She is currently working hard at physio to make sure she is as strong as she can possible be ahead of the operation and now we are just waiting on that call,” stated Lynda.

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