Baby Ellen shows improvement

just weeks since her first round of stem cell treatment, baby Ellen Barron McGee is already showing signs of improvement from a rare genetic illness, that was threatening her life.

just weeks since her first round of stem cell treatment, baby Ellen Barron McGee is already showing signs of improvement from a rare genetic illness, that was threatening her life.

Baby Ellen is just 10 months old, but suffers from a rare genetic illness; a Mitochondrial Disorder and needs life saving treatment. Her twin sister Grace does not have this condition.

Ellen and her family booked their seats on the plane, sooner than anticipated following an anonymous donation of €30,000. With Ellen’s seizures getting worse every day, it was vital that the she got the treatment as soon as possible.

Thankfully, Ellen’s parents, Tom and Lisa have already noticed signs of improvement in their baby daughter,

“There are definite signs of improvement. She’s stronger and able to hold her own more. She’s more aware of her surroundings and responding to people she comes into contact with,” Tom explained.

Ellen’s seizures are now few and far between and are less severe than the ones she suffered before the treatment.

“The main thing is that the treatment is working,” Tom added.

Ellen is scheduled to have an MRI in two weeks time, which will confirm whether the treatment has worked or not. The family are anxiously awaiting the results. Ellen now require booster treatments every few months, which will entail three or four further visits to the US.

Winner of The Voice, Pat Byrne will be in Club 23 this weekend with others from the competition for the latest fundraiser. Pat will be heading straight to Portlaoise from the Late Late Show.

Doors open at 9pm, and tickets priced €15 are available from Trax Portlaoise and O’Loughlin’s or on the door on the night. Last weekend’s Rock Night in Sally’s raised a whopping €1,700, which Tom and Lisa are very grateful for.