CONOR MCGREGOR has donated £4,500 to help buy new medical equipment for a seriously ill girl.
Catherine O’Leary, 43, has locked-in syndrome and is cared for by her parents, Pat and Margaret, in Carrigaline, Cork.
They are attempting to get funds for a new vital signs monitor to assist her care and now they have surpassed their target after the UFC superstar’s help.
Her father Pat told PA: “We were absolutely over the moon when we heard that he was donating.
“My son, who set up this GoFundMe, he rang me, he said, ‘Oh my gosh, did you see the fundraising?'”
And it is not the first time McGregor, who returns to the octagon on January 23 at UFC 257 for his rematch with Dustin Poirier, has helped the O’Leary’s.
Pat said: “Last year, when all this Covid-19 thing started, we found it very hard to get gloves and masks.
“We put something out there for people to help us and Conor McGregor’s manager actually drove all the way from Dublin with gloves and masks and sanitiser.
“That was all done through Conor McGregor.”
Catherine, a mother-of-one, originally had a brain tumour misdiagnosed by doctors 13 years ago.
During an operation to remove it in 2008, she suffered two strokes and the complications of that have left her unable to speak, move or even swallow.
Pat explained: “They only gave her a life expectancy of 10 years – she’s outlived that by three years. Every year is a bonus to us.”
Now thanks to McGregor’s heartwarming financial gesture they can get a new monitor to replace the one the family currently use.
And the O’Leary’s are hoping that Notorious can come visit Catherine in person to see how his donation has helped.
Pat added: “It’s damaging her fingers because she has a probe that’s going on to her finger. We have to move it round every 20 minutes.
“(I want to) thank him so much and just to let him know that his donation will keep Catherine in good health because the monitor is essential for us, because even though Catherine can’t tell us if she’s in pain, the machine can tell us.
“It’s fantastic that we’re able to get the machine.”
Away from his usual trash-talking and fist throwing antics in UFC, McGregor has often shown his softer side and donated £920k to local hospitals at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
He recently sent a video message to an eight-year-old fan after hearing he was attacked by a dog.
Kash Zolciak-Biermann, son of former NFL player Kroy Biermann, was bitten by his family dog three years ago and underwent facial reconstruction surgery last month.
Kash's mother, American TV personality Kim Zolciak, detailed his injury and recovery in a heartfelt Instagram post this week and shared McGregor's message to her followers, thanking the UFC star for his well wishes.
McGregor is set to return to action against Dustin Poirier at UFC 257, in a rematch of their 2014 bout.
The pair were originally set to meet in an exhibition match for Poirier's Good Fight Foundation.
Despite UFC honcho Dana White's intervention to book them at UFC 257, McGregor has promised to donate $500,000 (£366,000) to The Diamond's charity.
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