Eight-year-old girl Saoirse Ruane has been praised as a ‘hero’ and an ‘inspiration’ after appearing on The Late Late Toy Show to tell her incredible story.
On Friday night, the annual festive Irish television programme The Late Late Toy Show aired without a studio audience on RTÉ One, hosted by Ryan Tubridy.
During the show, which this year was themed around the stories of Roald Dahl, Ryan, 47, spoke to Saoirse, from Galway.
In 2019, the young girl was diagnosed with a rare form bone cancer, resulting in her having to have her right leg amputated in March this year.
While speaking to Ryan on The Late Late Toy Show, she showed him her prosthetic leg, which features an illustration of a unicorn on the front.
She also shared ‘three dreams’ that she had for the year following her amputation, the first of which was to appear on The Late Late Toy Show and the second of which was to walk by Christmas, which she was able to demonstrate in the studio with a pair of crutches.
After saying that her third wish was to go on a family holiday, Ryan revealed that the show was going to treat Saoirse and her family to a trip to Disney World in Orlando, Florida in the new year, courtesy of airline Aer Lingus.
Saoirse giggled as she thanked Ryan for the surprise, with those present in the studio cheering in her honour.
Several viewers of The Late Late Toy Show commended the eight-year-old on her strength and tenacity, with one person describing her as ‘an inspiration to all of us’.
‘As someone who has fought sarcoma myself, your story is an absolute inspiration. You deserve nothing more than to go to the happiest place on Earth,’ one person tweeted.
‘Hadn’t cried in a while until I heard Saoirse on The Late Late Toy Show. What a fantastic girl. Long life and happiness to her to keep spreading her love and smile,’ another said.
Someone else described Saoirse as a ‘truly remarkable child’, while another viewer wrote: ‘Saoirse carries the burden she’s faced this year with strength and grace beyond her years. We can all learn from her.’
Following Saoirse’s appearance on The Late Late Toy Show, Aer Lingus tweeted that the airline ‘can’t wait to bring the incredible Saoirse and her family on a very special trip to Orlando’.
Dublin Airport then tweeted that they would be ‘delighted to offer’ Saoirse and her family ‘complimentary use of our Platinum Services VIP facility’ when they head on their trip.
Another child who appeared on The Late Late Toy Show was six-year-old Adam King, who shared his dream of becoming capsule communicator for NASA.
Adam has brittle bones and uses a wheelchair.
After his appearance on the programme, Canadian astronaut and former commander of the International Space Station Chris Hadfield reached out to the young boy, tweeting: ‘Adam – I’ve been lucky enough to CAPCOM many spaceflights. We should talk space together. Take care, be good – Chris.’
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