Tributes paid to 11-year-old Kildare girl who passed away from cancer 1 week ago

Tributes paid to 11-year-old Kildare girl who passed away from cancer

Lucy's family thanked the "wonderful" staff at Temple Street Hospital who cared for her in her final days.

Tributes are pouring in for Lucy O'Reilly Fleming, who sadly passed away after being diagnosed with cancer.

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Lucy, who was from Newbridge in Co. Kildare, had been diagnosed with Brain Stem Glioma - an extremely rare form of cancer - in August.

Last week, a fundraiser set up to make her more comfortable was circulated heavily on social media. Originally, the target was set at €1,000. However, thanks to generous donations from the public, over €71,000 was raised.

The remaining funds will now be donated to Temple Street Hospital, where Lucy received care. Lucy's father Ian said that the staff were "so kind and amazing".

He wrote: "I am indebted to them forever, no amount of money will ever be enough."

Mr Fleming paid a touching tribute to his daughter after she passed away on Sunday.

In a post on Instagram, he shared that the family hoped she would make it to Christmas, then her birthday, then Halloween.

He wrote: "Lucy fought harder than I ever thought she could. Everything that was thrown at her, she took."

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Mr Fleming also thanked the staff at Temple Street Children's Hospital who were "able to take that pain away and make her feel comfortable".

Lucy's local hockey club in Newbridge also paid tribute to her.

On Facebook, they wrote: "Lucy vowed to fight this terrible thing with all our might and that she did."

"Lucy was so brave and strong over the past two weeks and although she put up a courageous fight, she ultimately lost the battle surrounded by her loving family."

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"We at Newbridge Hockey Club are heartbroken at the loss of Lil Lucy and we extend all of our love and support to Ian, Louise, Zoe and Lorcan and to all of her extended family who all pay such a huge part in our Club."

The GoFundMe page is still open, and can be found right here.