Ryan Tubridy shared a sweet message with Late Late Toy Show superstar Saoirse Ruane following her heartbreaking health news last week.
The young Galway girl stole the hearts of Ireland after her appearance on The Late Late Toy Show 2020, showing her incredible strength and bravery which has inspired children and adults alike across our nation.
She told Ryan about her rare tumour diagnosis the previous year, resulting in doctors having to amputate her leg. Saoirse had to undergo surgery last summer to remove the tumour for the second time.
On Sunday they were travelling to Dublin for a checkup to make sure the 12-year-old was still tumour free when Ryan went on air to share a message with his Toy Show pal.
Taking to the air on his RTÉ Radio 1 show The Ryan Tubridy Show, the broadcaster said: “Let me say good morning to Saoirse, my friend who is sitting in her car now, heading to Dublin with her family. She’s probably going, ‘Oh, my goodness, what the hell is he doing? He’s embarrassing me!”
Ryan continued on sharing his love saying: ” I just want to wish her every bit of love and happiness and hopefully the news is good and that you are well and minded and loved and looked after, as I know you are”.
The Radio 1 broadcaster encouraged the public to send Saoirse a card saying: “If you are off this week for Easter and if you want to make a card for Saoirse, it’s very easy. Just make one and send it to Saoirse Ruane, Kitullah, Co Galway, and it will land on her breakfast table. I think she would like that. Lovely to talk to you Saoirse”.
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Saoirse’s mum Roseanna shared on Instagram this weekend their heartbreaking health news, that they had found a third tumour. She detailed another bump in the road for her daughter and noted the utter devastation they’re feeling as a family.
She wrote on Instagram that they were “heartbroken”.
“We have been quiet on here & it hasn’t gone unnoticed! Unfortunately we’ve hit another BUMP in the road. Last Wednesday 5th April we attended Crumlin for Saoirse’s routine review.
“It’s only 15 weeks since her last scan & although we’re always cautious in the run up to these reviews, we always remain hopeful. Saoírse has been in great health & looks better than ever. She returned to camogie only a month ago & was really enjoying it,” she wrote.
“When we arrived in Crumlin I knew Ollie was apprehensive but I felt everything was ok. I said my rosary in the car on route & while Ollie went into the CT scan with her, I continued the prayers as did he.”
Continuing on she said: “On completion, the radiologist requested we head back over to X-ray for a further chest X-ray. This wasn’t the norm so immediately we were on high alert!
“We queried the need for this X-ray in our heads not being able to discuss anything around Saoírse to prevent her from worry. I txt ollie asking ‘what’s going on’ to which he replied ‘I don’t know!’ Little did we know our world was about to fall apart ALL OVER AGAIN. The consultant caught my eye through a glass pane & politely asked me into his office on my own.
“He got straight to the point & even though I held a conversation with him & he showed me great empathy, I felt it all wash over me in disbelief. But there on the screen was her X-ray, staring me in the face, there was no denying this recurrent tumour.
“Her 3rd to date. To say we’re devastated just doesn’t cover it. She’s been to war so many times, she’s fought so hard, it’s so unfair. Saoírse’s words on hearing this news ‘why me, why is my life so horrible’…
She concluded by writing: “It’s a horrible feeling, that heart wrenching feeling of ‘deja vu’, disbelief, shock, physically wanting to vomit & feeling numb. Comforting her but not being able to protect her breaks us. We travel to Dublin for more scans next week & await our team to come up with a plan for our brave courageous girl. We ask you to please keep Saoírse in your prayers.”