Be Not Afraid Episode 2: Mairead Tywang

“BE NOT Afraid” is a six-part series which shows another side to the popular TV3 chef Edward Hayden. Edward, who presents The Saturday Show with Edward Hayden on KCLR, sits down with six local people to hear their true-life series.

In Episode 2, Castlecomer mother Mairead Tywang recalls the joy her daughter, Searlait, brought to her life.

Mairead’s happiness was shattered when it was discovered that the little girl had a “large mass, possibly the size of a large grapefruit, on the left side of her brain”.

Searlait was rushed from St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny, to Temple Street in Dublin where her parents were told some days later that she had a grade four brain tumour. Mairead says the journey to Temple Street felt like “it was a lifetime”.

“We were told she was so weak that she may not even make the journey to Temple Street. The ambulance driver was told to avoid all humps and bumps and to keep it at a steady speed all the way up the road that she was so unstable at that stage, they just needed to get her to Temple Street.”