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Parents of daughter with leukemia turn to social media for help

Pascual Rando and Gloria Luque with their five children.
Pascual Rando and Gloria Luque with their five children. / E. C.
  • Five-year-old Ruth has been left severely brain damaged after an E. coli infection led to septic shock while in hospital

The parents of a five-year-old girl who has been left severely brain damaged after contracting E. coli at the Materno hospital in Malaga have turned to social media to ask for financial help towards her treatment.

Ruth, who lives in Colmenar in the Axarquía with her parents Gloria Luque, 34 and Pascual Rando, 37, and her four siblings, was diagnosed with leukemia in June 2017. She picked up an E. coli infection while in the hospital which lead to septic shock.

Ruth was put into a medically induced coma for one month but "by some miracle," according to her mother, came out of it when Gloria was expecting her youngest child, Isaac, now one.

Ruth was taken out of intensive care and moved to a ward to start her treatment for the leukemia, which included chemotherapy.

However, the complications resulting from the E. coli infection have left Ruth severely disabled and needing daily care, including physiotherapy and speech therapy, which her parents are unable to afford.

They have already had to adapt their apartment to be able to care for Ruth as well as have a ramp built so that they can get her up to their first-floor home as the building doesn't have a lift.

Pascual and Gloria explain that Ruth is entitled to two free sessions of physiotherapy and speech therapy, but that their daughter "needs a lot more," for which the family need to find the money to pay for the sessions.

"Ruth needs daily massages for muscle pain, she is learning to eat and talk again and who knows, it's our dream for her to walk again," explains Gloria.

Rando works for Benalmádena town hall as a cleaner and Luque has to stay at home to look after Ruth, along with her four siblings who are between the ages of one and eight.

Last year Colmenar town hall raised 7,000 euros to buy a car for the family, and friends and family have also been helping out with the costs. Now Luque and Rando are hoping to raise 20,000 euros to go towards Ruth's treatment via Go FundMe: 'Todos Con Ruth'.