Renowned Carrigaline Lacemaker Veronica Stuart and her daughter Catherine Clancy are using their talents to make Covid-19 protective masks in aid of local 19-year-old Hannah Hill from Carrigaline who is in need of a double jaw joint replacement.
Over the last year, Hannah underwent two surgeries in London in the hope that her jaw function could be restored but they were unsuccessful as the damage was too severe.
Now, Hannah will have to undergo a double jaw joint replacement, a serious surgery where the jaw joints are replaced with titanium prosthetics, which has never been performed in Ireland and doctors are not familiar with Hannah's rare condition.
Veronica and Catherine have been making masks for people and asking them to donate to Hannah’s GoFundMe page.
They have raised over €2,500 in the first two weeks of making the masks.
Hannah’s mother Ann has spent the last three months trying to get permission to apply to have the surgery done and an application has been made through the Treatment Abroad scheme but there has been no response or confirmation of any help.
Hannah has deteriorated over the past two weeks and Ann said that her “frightening” and worsening condition has made the family realise that she cannot wait any longer.
The replacement joints for Hannah’s surgery are made in the USA and need to be ordered ahead of time at the costly price of €40,000.
The cost of surgery is at least €80,000 and the fundraising goal on the dedicated GoFundMe page for Hannah has been updated to €120,000 to include the surgery.
In an update to the GoFundMePage, Ann said that Hannah “has been the bravest person possible” and tries her best to keep hope alive that she will get to have a life again.
“All we want is to hear her singing and laughing, eat a pizza, walk in the woods and do everything a 19-year-old should be able to do. All these things that seemed so simple would be such a miracle to us now,” she said.
Face mask maker Catherine Clancy said that she feels the best way to help Hannah is to appeal to anyone who can spread the word and help with fundraising.
“The situation is just heart-breaking to think of Hannah just wasting away in bed when she should be off creating stories and scripts to keep us all entertained,” she said.