TRIBUTES have been paid to former Hunterhouse student Lisa McMurray who lost her battle against rabies this week.
Lisa had been in a critical condition at the Royal Victoria Hospital for several weeks and, sadly, on Tuesday evening she lost her fight against the disease. Her devastated family have spoken of the courage with which she fought the infection, saying they were "extremely proud not only of all she achieved in life but also of the bravery with which she fought her illness. Her courage was inspiring and typical of the passionate and determined way in which she led her life."
The Vice Principal of Hunterhouse College, Mrs Ruth Millar, also paid tribute to the former student.
"It was with great sadness that we learned of the tragic death of our former pupil, Lisa McMurray," said Mrs Millar.
"Lisa was a delightful girl with a very generous spirit.
"Although she left school some time ago she is fondly remembered by all those who knew and taught her. We extend our deepest sympathy to her family circle."
Lisa's family also expressed their thanks to the staff of the Royal Victoria Hospital and to everyone who has offered their support during this difficult time."We would like to take this opportunity to thank the medical staff who have treated Lisa throughout her illness," said
Lisa's family. "Their skill and dedication has been a great source of comfort to us and they did everything possible to care for her. The sensitive way in which they cared not only for Lisa but for her family and friends has been exceptional and we are very grateful.
"Our thanks goes to all those whose thoughts and prayers have helped to sustain us over the past weeks.
"Her loss will leave a huge hole in all our lives and her family and friends will miss her terribly."