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Irish woman shares touching story about incredible kindness to a terminally ill granny she met on a train

Amy's story is going viral on Facebook. (Picture: Facebook/Amy O'Connor)
Amy’s story is going viral on Facebook. (Picture: Facebook/Amy O’Connor)

AN IRISH woman’s story about a chance meeting with a grandmother suffering from terminal cancer has touched the hearts of people across Ireland.

Amy O’Connor was on board a train from Cork to Limerick and was startled when the elderly woman sitting across from her had a nose bleed.

“I ran to the bathroom to get her some tissue, and tried to comfort her as she was embarrassed and alone,” she said.

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“I then had to ring a family member of hers to find out what medication she was meant to take as she couldn’t remember.”

Ms O’Connor began a conversation with the woman and discovered that she had been put on the train to Cork by her grandchildren to go to receive treatment for her stage four cancer.

“As someone with no grandparents left, and having watched two of them battle terribly with cancer and saw firsthand everything they went through emotionally and physically, it makes me so mad that people take elderly family members for granted,” Ms O’Connor said on Facebook.

“We are so busy growing up, we often forget they are also growing old.”

Ms O’Connor’s kind-hearted post has been shared more than 3,000 times on Facebook and people have been commending her for her actions.

“It’s so true, some young don’t have time for the old, fair play to you for being there for her,” said Nora Maguire.

“So sad to think this lady is left all alone and dealing with cancer, terrible, well done on your act of kindness,” Trish Murphy added.

Read the post in full here

On the train way down home , this very old woman sat across from me. About 10-15 minutes I noticed she was having a nose…

Posted by Amy O’Connor on Dé Sathairn, 16 Aibreán 2016


James Mulhall

James Mulhall is a reporter with The Irish Post. Follow him on Twitter @JamzMulhall

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