THE family of a young Co Cork girl, undergoing treatment for a rare brain tumour in a New York hospital, have reportedly been asked by the US authorities for confirmation of what funds are available to them before their visas can be renewed.
Megan Malone, from Kilnamartyra in Co Cork, will turn four later this month and is continuing to make a good recovery at New York’s Presbyterian Hospital.
However, her parents John and Sheila have express concern they may be sent back to Ireland before Megan’s treatment is concluded.
The Malones have claimed they have not been reimbursed for living expenses incurred since January, although a trust was established to administer donations for this purpose.
The board members stepped down in March following disagreement with the family over how the fund was being managed.
The Malones are now concerned for the family’s future in the US where they have no income and are receiving no living expenses at present from the trust.
“Unfortunately for us, the issues relating to the administering of the fund by the trustees has not been resolved even though all of the trustees stepped down on March 23 and they all committed to removing their names as signatories from the account.
“This has still not happened and it appears now that they now wish to take the matter to the High Court, at a possible cost of €30,000 to €50,000, which may be paid for out of the fund. We both think that this is ridiculous,” Sheila Malone said.
US Immigration have, according to the couple, asked them to produce “a recent bank statement reflecting the amount of funds currently available for support”.
She said: “This is so our visas can be extended beyond May.
“We are, however, more determined than ever to fight for justice.”
The Malones have called on the trustees to sign off with the bank so that a new board can be appointed.
About €180,000 has been collected in Ireland through the Megan Malone Trust. Last December, a benefactor offered to cover the costs of Megan’s medical treatment while in New York.
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