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29th Mar 2023

Fundraiser launched for Dublin girl (12) who had quadruple amputation

Kat O'Connor

A fundraiser has been launched for a young girl who had a quadruple amputation due to sepsis.

12-year-old Sophie Lanigan was rushed to hospital in December 2022 after suffering from a high temperature and breathing issues.

She was taken to Temple Street Hospital with suspected pneumonia, but she deteriorated rapidly.

Sophie was transferred to ICU and put on a ventilator.

She was then diagnosed with sepsis caused by Strep A.

The young girl went into septic shock and her organs started to shut down. Doctors decided to transfer her to hospital in Crumlin, where she was put on a stronger ventilator.

Writing on GoFundMe, one of Sophie’s loved ones confirmed she was in critical condition for weeks. Her parents, Laura and Keith, never left Sophie’s side.

“Sophie fought so hard and finally on Christmas day she was taken off the ventilator. Unfortunately, Sophie woke to the devastating news that the damage caused to her hands and feet was irreversible, and amputation was necessary.”

Sophie continued to fight infections for the next few weeks, but she is now finally turning a corner in her recovery.

“Sophie started to improve and was strong enough to face her first surgery. Not all of the surgeries went to plan and Sophie had even more setbacks for the 10 more weeks she spent in the hospital.

“But Sophie is the most amazing, strong, determined girl and she battled through again. She is our hero and we are all so unbelievably proud.”

The fundraiser has been launched to help Sophie and her family adapt to this new life.

You can donate here.

Feature Image: GoFundMe