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Toy Show star Saoirse Ruane facing 'fight of her life' ahead of tumour surgery

The 10-year-old won hearts across the country when she appeared on the RTE Christmas special in 2020 and opened up about having her leg amputated after being diagnosed with a rare tumour.
Saoirse Ruane pictured with her mum at The Late Late Toy Show 2020 Photo: Andres Poveda Photography

Saoirse Ruane pictured with her mum at The Late Late Toy Show 2020 Photo: Andres Poveda Photography

Neasa Cumiskey

Late Late Toy Show star Saoirse Ruane’s mum has said that her daughter is facing “the fight of her life” as she prepares to have a tumour removed from her lung.

The 10-year-old won hearts across the country when she appeared on the RTE Christmas special in 2020 and opened up about having her leg amputated after being diagnosed with a rare tumour.

On Sunday night, Saoirse’s mum Roseanne shared some heart-breaking news about her child’s condition just days after the Galway native appeared on The Late Late Show.

In a “long, emotional” Instagram post on their account @saoirseandmamma, Roseanne explained that she travelled up to CHI at Crumlin where she received some bad news.

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She wrote: “Thank you all for your messages, prayers, candles, words of encouragement, relics, mass cards and gifts. The love you have all shown us has been astounding.

“What we share with you, we share openly as you all have been and continue to be such a huge support to us.

“In between appointments and rehearsals last week we took the opportunity to spend some time together as a family with Saoírse. We are so grateful to Ryan @instatubridy and his amazing team (special mention to Kathryn, Danielle, Jane & Neassa) for their support, kindness and love shown to us and not forgetting Dee Forbes for her kind words.

Roseanne continued: “While in Dublin we were asked to attend a meeting with our team Friday afternoon. We didn’t know what we were going to learn but we were hopeful we would be one step closer to a plan.

“We travelled to Crumlin but attended this meeting without Saoírse, at her request. It was very emotional and hugely intense hanging on every word we were hearing.

“We then travelled back to our hotel in complete silence with Saoírse and we parked what we had learned a few hours previous ahead of her special appearance on the @latelaterte.

“This was incredibly difficult but we are grateful for the strength that was sent our way and the compassion that was shown to us. We had a wonderful night and most importantly Saoírse felt so very special!”

Roseanne then told her followers what was next for Saoirse, writing: “As with Saoírse’s previous tumour in her tibia, this tumour is rare in its position & is located in her lung.

“As a result of our meeting on Friday Saoírse is to have surgery to remove her tumour this coming Tuesday.

“The tears rolled down our cheeks as we sat and listened to the risks involved but we have faith in our team and we leave them now to take care of our very special girl.

“This to us is major surgery, so we are very frightened. This to Saoirse, is ultimately ‘the fight of her life.’

“We ask you to please keep Saoirse in your hearts as we go forward now and take this first step in a long road to keep her where she truly belongs… here with us.”

Earlier this month, Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy paid tribute to the young girl after hearing that her cancer had returned.

He said: “My Toy Show friend Saoírse Ruane got some bad news recently and her family are hoping we might all send her love and strength she needs to 'figure out the roadmap' as her mum said today.

"Saoírse is extraordinary and she's the reason we started the Toy Show Appeal.

"I hope she knows how much we cherish her. Love to her and all the Ruanes tonight and to any family facing a struggle."


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