Prayer vigil for Galway girl who died following two liver transplants

Wednesday 20 March 2013 16.10
Wiktoria Kubaczyk died in a London hospital yesterday
Wiktoria Kubaczyk died in a London hospital yesterday

A prayer vigil will be held tonight in Headford, Co Galway, to commemorate a nine-year-old girl from the community who has died following two liver transplants.

Wiktoria Kubaczyk died in a London hospital yesterday, after succumbing to an infection.

She had spent the last eight months in London, having travelled there last summer for a liver transplant.

The initial operation was not a success and a second transplant took place in August 2012.

Wiktoria was scheduled to have a bone marrow transplant tomorrow at Great Ormond Street Hospital, after a compatible donor had been found in Germany

Her parents, who are originally from Poland, have been living in Co Galway for a number of years.

Headford Parish Priest, Fr Ray Flaherty, said the community had shown great support to the family in recent months.

Wiktoria's health problems had been the focus of a major fundraising campaign in the area, with almost €30,000 raised by the local community.

Funeral arrangements have yet to be finalised, but Fr Flaherty said tonight's prayer service will give people a chance to remember the little girl and her family.