Ukrainian boy, five, arrives in Eire for leukaemia cure | Eire

A 5-calendar year-previous Ukrainian boy with leukaemia who fled war-torn Kyiv on health-related guidance has arrived in Cork exactly where he hopes to get existence-conserving therapy.

Leonid Shapoval and his relatives ended up urged by his health professionals very last week to depart Ukraine, just days prior to he was thanks to get a bone marrow transplant. His mother’s aunt Victoria Walden, who lives in Cork, advised RTÉ that the medical doctors were being unequivocal.

“The doctor gave Yana [the mother] all Leonid’s documents and reported: ‘Run, just run. There is no way he is going to get any more remedy. We have to mail him residence. Since of war, we really don’t know what’s likely to happen’.”

Leonid was because of to get the transplant on 10 March just after months of chemotherapy. He was in a position to vacation to Ireland following the government lifted visa limits in response to the Russian invasion.

A Gofundme website page released by a relative has lifted more than €40,000 to pay out for his treatment.

There were being psychological scenes as the boy and his mom and dad arrived at Dublin airport on Monday evening with just one particular suitcase, acquiring crossed from Ukraine into Poland by land and then absent to Zurich.

They were welcomed by Michael Collins, the unbiased TD for Cork South West, who was included in the rescue mission, and officials from the division of international affairs. The relatives ended up taken to Ballydehob in west Cork, wherever Walden lives.