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LIFESAVER; Mum thanks readers as American finds the cash for Megan's heart operation.

LITTLE Megan Burke is to have her lifesaving heart operation thanks to an American charity.

Last night overjoyed mum Anna thanked Irish Mirror readers for their support as the Rotary Club of America agreed to foot the bill for the surgery.

An Irish American member of the charity was on holiday here when he learned about hole-in-the-heart sufferer Megan, 14 months, who has been refused surgery until she has a cardiac arrest. He persuaded colleagues in America to fund an operation for her in the States.

Mum-of-three Anna said last night: "This is just brilliant news. It's more than we hoped for and it means Megan can have a normal life. The man has been in contact with the Rotary Club in Waterford and he confirmed that there was a meeting in New York where it was agreed that Megan should have the operation.

"This man is going to call here in the next few days and I've already contacted Crumlin Children's Hospital so Megan's files can be sent to America."

She added: "I'd like to thank the Irish Mirror for highlighting Megan's case and all the readers for their generosity.

"Without that article in the paper I don't think anything would have been done. Now we have been given new hope and, please God, Megan will get well."

Irish Mirror readers helped donate pounds 11,000 after we revealed Crumlin Children's Hospital could not afford to operate on the baby until she became an emergency case after a heart attack. Megan's only hope was a pounds 25,000 operation at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital

Yesterday, Crumlin backtracked and said Megan could have the op in August. Anna said: "Someone put pressure on the hospital because they didn't want it to be seen that Megan had to leave the country to have the op. But I'm taking Megan to America."
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Author:Flanagan, Pat
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 14, 2000
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