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Seamus Coleman donates €15,000 towards treatment for Laois boy

Phil Egan
Phil Egan

14:03 10 Apr 2020

Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman has donated €15,000 towards live-saving treatment for one-year-old Dan Donoher from Laois.

Former Laois footballers Niall and Aisling Donoher appealed to the public to help raise funds for their son Dan, who in December was diagnosed with a rare genetic neuromuscular disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Type 1 and Scoliosis

The extremely rare and progressive condition leads to the loss of motor neurons that control muscle movement and the life expectancy of an SMA type 1 child is 18-24 months.

Dan was eight months old when he was diagnosed and at that point he had lost the ability to lift his legs, maintain head control and lie on his belly.

The Donoher's are hoping to raise enough money to bring Dan to the US because the treatment he requires is yet to be approved in Europe.

Studies have shown that a ground breaking treatment called Zolgensma can substantially improve quality of life and survival of the disease.

It can only be given to children under the age of two who meet the necessery health requirments and Dan does meet those requirments.

The "Do It For Dan" GoFundMe page has raised more than €600,000 and was set up with a target of €2m for Dan to get the treatment.

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