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Meadhbh's story: a lesson for us all

Published 21/11/2011 | 10:40

Today on Pages 1, 2 and 3 of this newspaper the Leitrim schoolgirl Meadhbh McGivern tells in her own words, with calm restraint and the minimum of self-pity, the most moving -- it is hardly too much to say the most beautiful -- story of 2011.

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Much of it is a story of the suffering she endured through the years of her childhood from her liver condition. The fatigue. The restrictions on physical activity. The never-ending pain.

Then, on July 2 of this year, the cruel disappointment of the transplant saga which gripped the emotions of a nation. King's College Hospital in London had a suitable organ available, but the authorities here failed to supply an aircraft to take her to London.

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