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Life-saving op for Aaron

Wednesday, 18th July, 2018 5:11pm

All of Cork is rooting for a teenager who has hailed his operation as the biggest day of his life.

Midleton teenager Aaron McMahon suffers from a terminal brain tumour and was due to undergo surgery yesterday after flying to Pittsburgh for his life-saving operation.

Aaron’s cancer, known as chordoma, is so severe that surgery in Ireland was ruled out, and a campaign to raise funds for an operation abroad has since raised over €140,000 on GoFundMe.

Writing on Facebook on Tuesday, Aaron said: “The last two years with the cancer have been up and down, but the amount of support I have gotten has been amazing. (It's) the biggest day of my life.”

Speaking on the Neil Prendeville Show on Cork’s RedFM on Tuesday, Aaron's father Paul said both he and Aaron were “anxious and nervous, but very optimistic”.

“The surgeons believe that this is a very doable operation,” he said.

“They have performed over 100 of this type of surgery. We reached out to the Chordoma Foundation in the US, and thankfully help was offered, as we were told no more could be done here bar palliative care.”

Adding that Aaron had “fire in his belly” for the operation, Paul said the procedure was expected to take between eight and twelve hours, with the rest of his family expected to join him in America later this week.

“Aaron has had to go through a lot of tests and a special dietary programme since we came over, but every milestone the doctors have set him, he has beaten,” said Paul.

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