This is a real child, and with a real disease, of which the costs to cure him or to help him get as normal as possible life are not cheap, so the gala evenings are a way to help them be able to afford the treatment. Which they cannot have done closer to where they live due to the rarity of disease, as the Irish hospitals are not prepared for treating it.
Here a link for ways for helping his family.
This as a piece of email may be
Come join us on Sat September 29th for a Drinks Reception, 4 Course Banquet, Goodies Bag for everyone worth €150!! Live music and dancing and an auction!!
Every single penny goes to Josh Huffy Duff from Castletownroche, who is 20 months old and has a rare medical condition which necessitated both his legs being amputated. This money will fund his medical treatment in Shriner Hospital, Chicago as well as prosthetic limbs.
For more details on the night planned and Josh & family see the offical email below from my friend Gerry, formerly of RTÉ Radio 1.
Tickets are €100 per person - so when you think of it, you actually *make* €50 by going and getting the goodie bag alone
I know we’re all short of cash these days, but I think something like this really puts things in perspective - please pass this on to as many people as you know, we really need a big turn out for this event to help Josh and his family.
If you can go, we require a minimum of 50% deposit (or if possible the total amount) — Cheques made payable to “For Josh.” — Their second son has autism but is responding very well on the one to one teaching method. However, the costs involved with Josh are horrendous.
1. It was sent out to him in company email (not where I work for, nevertheless)
2. It underlines, not only in this email but also in the whole country wide media coverage how this is a sick child and how they want to raise money for it.
Where the hospitals are not prepared to deal with this disease. Where they should cover it.
2. Children are given prosthetic lower limbs at the same age they would be starting to learn to stand and walk. They get adjustments made as they grow, and get new ones as they outgrow them. The earlier they start, the better they learn to use them. Weight bearing and walking helps shape the hip sockets in the toddler years, so if they don't walk early enough, they may end up with deformed hips that will make it more difficult to wear prostheses as an adult.
The exact disease of this child is not really mentioned in the articles in the national newspaper. The event mentioned is not organized by RTE but by a private person. Or they do mention arthrogryposis as the disease, but that can't be it.
Arthrogryposis, also known as Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita, is a rare congenital disorder that causes multiple joint contractures and is characterized by muscle weakness and fibrosis. It is a non-progressive disease.
1. Children with severe arthrogryposis sometimes have legs amputated, when the severity of the contractures are such that they cannot be corrected to any kind of functionality. Severe contractures can be painful as a child grows. It is not common, but it happens. There can also be complications from previous surgeries that make it the best option.
Brave Joshua Duffy-Huff was born with a rare condition which meant he had to have emergency surgery when he was just one month old.
Due to complications and limited medical resources in Ireland, doctors have amputated his legs and now there is discussion of his hands or arms.
It is better in this case if they actually DO manage to organize more people for the dinners and other help, so that the child will be able to have as normal and happy life as possible.
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a network of 22 pediatric hospitals in the U.S., Canada and Mexico providing specialized care for orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate. All services are provided at no charge.
Is on big bold letters on Shriners hospital webpage.
Again, from comments clarified :
3. Shriners hospitals do provide treatment free of charge. And parents are offered places in Ronald McDonald houses if they need them. However, they do not pay for airfare, for incidentals, or for loss of wages and babysitters for the other children while a parent is at the hospital with the child. The RM houses are sometimes full, and the hotels that you are bumped to can be more expensive. You can usually only get a visa to come to the US for treatment if you can get everything done in one shot, meaning some serious time away from home. I researched this on behalf of a parent from Pakistan who was hoping to bring his child to Shriners.
Living months there to be with the child to get him back to health will be far from cheap.
I hope this will help to convince anyone else running to the story of Joshua and wondering if it is a real story or a made up one. Now that it is debusted as a made up story, consider helping him.
Thank you for the information priovided additionally in the comments. My apologies.
I would like to see this kid grow up keeping the happy smile he has in the only picture that I've seen of him in the internet.