Just months after a bone marrow transplant,
Maze girl is ready to start P2
Georgia all ready to go back to school on
THERE will be lots of excitement and not a
few nerves at homes across Lisburn this weekend as children
prepare to start the new school year. But for one little Maze
girl Monday is going to be extra special.
Georgia Cocking (5), who will start P2, has not
been at Killowen Primary School since March after she was
diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia.
But after a worldwide search by the Anthony
Nolan Trust a bone marrow match was found in America and Georgia
underwent a transplant in Bristol some weeks later.
Two weeks ago Georgia spent four days in
hospital after suffering a bout of shingles and mum Debbie
thought she couldn't go back to school until nearer half term,
but she has now got the go ahead to join her classmates next
"She has been waiting for this day for so
long," said Debbie. "It's good to get a bit of normality back
into her life. "
And Monday will also be a big day for Debbie
who will be returning to full time employment.
Georgia will still continue her weekly blood
tests and will have a six month assessment at Bristol Hospital
in October when the family hope to hear the transplant has
remained a success.
Debbie said: "Georgia is doing well. The only
thing that we have to look out for are conditions like the
chicken pox, shingles and the measles at school.
"She is just looking forward to the
interaction with other children again and making new friends and
seeing her teachers. She has missed all that so much.
"She missed most of P1 and we had the option
to repeat it but she had made so many friends that we decided it
best to start P2."
To make sure that the children at her school
never forgot her, her teachers placed a picture of Georgia on
"They all know who she is and that she was
not every well," said Debbie.
Georgia now hopes to get back to her beloved
horse riding at Limepark in Maghaberry in October.
Georgia's mum thanks donor
GEORGIA'S mum has written to the anonymous
donor who helped transform her daughter's life.
Debbie Collins wrote to the American man and
plans to keep updating him on her daughter's progress every
three months. She was warned many donors never make contact, but
she felt it was important to acknowledge what he did. "It was
hard to write a thank-you letter without putting names and
details," said Debbie. "You cannot put anything in the letter
that might identify her in any way but I felt it important to
get in touch. I have not heard back but I plan to write to him
again. I sent him a letter and a card just thanking him for all
that he had done for us.
"We were told by the Anthony Nolan Trust that
some people just do not want to get in touch. Some people just
want to help someone else and that's it. He might just want to
do that which is fine. We are just so glad he took the time to
do what he did."
Next year Georgia and her family are hoping
to go on a dream trip to Paris.
A relative contacted the Starlight Foundation
and asked if they could grant Georgia a wish.
At first she wanted a horse but then changed
her mind and decided instead she wanted to travel on
Cinderella's carriage. She has now been told she and her family
will be going to Disneyland on a three day trip at Easter.