Saturday 16 December 2017

From autistic child to academic, Jamie's life is inspiration to all

LIFE throws huge challenges at different times. Some we overcome; others we have to retreat from. But some people take on, cope with and overcome the sort of obstacles that most of us couldn't even begin to comprehend. The story of Jamie Reilly is particularly inspirational. Jamie (26) could not speak until the age of three and was assessed as having an IQ in the mentally handicapped range. Yet he has just completed his Masters in biotechnology in Queens University in Belfast. And he will begin a PhD in genetics at NUI Galway in this coming September.

Speaking yesterday, the young academic urged people not to set limits to their children's ambitions.

Jamie, the son of Health Minister James Reilly, was diagnosed with autism at a young age. His young life was a constant battle against restrictive, obsessive behaviour and was one monumental struggle after another.

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