In 2008, pioneering hair transplant surgery was recommended for 14-year-old Caroline, who was suffering from frontal alopecia following chemotherapy treatment for a brain tumour diagnosed at nine years of age. The cost of hair restoration was prohibitive despite the goodwill offer of a reduced fee by the hair transplant clinic.
The HSE declined a request for financial assistance, considering the proposed procedure to be ‘cosmetic’. Although the young patient accepted these unfortunate circumstances, her parents were distraught. The clinic provided written endorsements on behalf of the patient to the HSE, her own hospital and several children’s cancer charities. The clinic waived the surgeons’ fees.
The subsequent procedure has resulted in the enhanced psychological and physical demeanour and well-being of the patient. The child’s quiet acceptance, despite the lack of options available, has inspired the search for funds to help her and others restore a little something of ‘self’ that may have been have been lost to the trauma and treatment.
And thus, Mia was established to formalise a pro-bono service for patients who have suffered traumatic hair loss, but are unable to access restorative options privately or in the public health domain, due to financial constraints. To avail of hair restoration treatment options, widely considered unavailable on the HSE, would significantly increase the psychological well-being of the patient as well as family and friends.
Help Us To Help Mia …and many more like her.
We are a group of Irish professionals, who in our work have come across many cases like that of Mia, after whom our charitable trust is named.
Mia lost a substantial amount of her hair following a traumatic burns incident. There are hundreds every year just like her, and adults, too, who have suffered disfiguring hair loss through cancer treatment, post-surgical scarring, congenital conditions or trauma. Our aim is to restore to these people the dignity that they have lost and provide them with hair restoration treatment options that is tailored to their individual needs.
Due to insufficient public funding available for hair restoration treatment options, either in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland, we have set up the Mia Hair Restoration Charitable Trust. We are asking you to help us with a donation, so that our work may continue in this field, helping to restore not just hair, but self-esteem and psychological wellbeing to those unfortunate enough to suffer as Mia has done.