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Charlie needs the public's help to raise money for a bionic arm that will change his life

Charlie needs the public's help to raise money for a bionic arm that will change his life

Charlie needs the public's help to raise money for a bionic arm that will change his life

A young man who survived meningitis and has faced several difficulties and challenges since has made a fundraising appeal in support of his care. 

Charlie Gannon from Castlebar in Co Mayo was just eleven when he contracted meningitis in 2008.

He has had to deal with the reality that, having lost a leg and an arm already, he must now have his other leg amputated.

A working prosthetic arm is something Charlie has always wanted but with the upcoming challenge ahead, he will need it to function in any meaningful way.

After his upcoming surgery takes place in September, he will be left with no legs and just one arm and the implications of this for him are huge.

The bionic arm that Charlie is currently being fitted for costs €100,000 and if Charlie wishes to be able explore other opportunities such as running, cycling and return to golf after his recovery, he has been told that the cost of these legs are in this region as well. Charlie has not let these hurdles get him down and he has big ambitions for his life post surgery.

“Life gets far more challenging the more limbs you lose,” Charlie wrote on his Gofundme page. “The increased reliance on your surviving limbs after an amputation is just extraordinary. Even just the smallest of things you took for granted prior to an amputation is no longer something you are able to do and then it’s up to you to find your new way of getting these things done. I’ve been quite good at finding these new ways to date, but after this one, I’m going to need a lot of help.

“I’d like to thank everybody for their continued support, kindness and generosity, I can’t put into words how grateful I am. I will be sure to keep you updated as to how my recovery is going post-op.”

For more about Charlie’s story and how you can help, log on here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/future-for-charlie

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