Parents of a two-year-old girl suffering from leukaemia who needed to raise some $2.8 million for experimental treatment in Philadelphia announced on Monday that the necessary funding has been collected thanks to the overwhelming response from the Croatian public.
Last week, parents of Mila Roncevic, who is being treated for acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) at a hospital in the northern Adriatic city of Rijeka, issued an appeal for donations.
After only a few days that their appeal has been disseminated by all media outlets in the country, on Monday her parents, Marin and Sanja Roncevic, announced that the necessary funding was collected.
The funding collected so far, tracked on the www.lifeformila.com website, had totalled nearly 23 million kuna ($3.5 million) and some €58,000 on Monday, in addition to some 3.5 million kuna ($530,000) collected by the Nora Situm Foundation, another charity which was founded for a similar purpose in 2013.
The Roncevics said that the excess funding would be saved and turned over to the government for any future charity case that involves children needing expensive treatment abroad.
The girl will be flown to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in the United States on Tuesday evening, where she is expected to be enrolled into an experimental treatment programme for patienmts suffering from AML.