Cristiano Ronaldo urges Facebook followers to help raise funds for sick Portuguese baby | inside World Soccer

Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has used his Facebook page to bring attention to the plight of Margarida Queiroz, a baby born prematurely.

Cristiano Ronaldo urges Facebook followers to help raise funds for sick Portuguese baby
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Margarida was born in Dubai on October 28, and had been suffering a serious growth deficiency, weighing just 410 grams after 25 weeks.

With the little baby requiring medical costs of more than €1000 a day, her parents Gonçalo and Eugenia Queiroz now find it immensely difficult to support their child.

Margarida's parents have been residents of Dubai for a year now but their health insurance does not cover the premature birth.

However, Ronaldo is impressed by Margarida's will to survive her early birth and has kicked in on Facebook with his support for the little girl.

With over 100 million followers, the Real Madrid star has more reach on Facebook than any other sports star in the world, so a message from him can make a big difference.

Following the post, Margarida's grandmother Odília Sousa thanked him, writing on the post: "Hello CR7, I am the grandmother of Margarida, and I am very touched by your effort to to help my granddaughter survive. May God enlighten you in your professional life."

Ronaldo replied in Portuguese, saying: "Any help could make the difference. I hope the whole family can stay strong."

Gonçalo and Eugenia have so far raised over €100,000 for the treatment of the baby through their campaign on Facebook which is still not enough.

Margarida was due to be born in February and, if she survives, the earliest she is likely to be released from hospital is around her due date meaning she will spend a minimum of four months in the neonatal unit.

"We have raised over €100,000, mainly from Portugal," Eugenia told Portuguese TV network TVI. "But it's not even close to being enough."

The family is seeking to transfer Margarida to a Dubai public hospital where costs are lower than at the private hospital where she is currently staying, but currently no incubators are available.


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