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Monday 16 July 2018

Water Babies confirm Jenna is a 'Little Hero'

Jenna Foley McGroarty is a Water Babies ‘Little Hero’
Jenna Foley McGroarty is a Water Babies ‘Little Hero’

A three-year-old girl from Swords is among eleven 'Little Heroes' nationwide named by Water Babies who were honoured for battling illness and adversity to show great courage in their young lives.

Each child named by the toddler swimming school has a story of how water and swimming has helped their development or improved their lives and the lives of their family in some way.

Jenna Foley McGroarty from Swords is now three-years-old but last year, when the Swords girl was just two, she had an accident while away on her summer holidays that resulted in a broken leg. Jenna and her family had to fly home the next day so that Temple Street hospital could assess the situation. She had a broken femur and had to be in a Spica cast for four weeks.

After the cast was removed, her parents were advised that it would two to three weeks before Jenna would be able to walk properly. Jenna's mum took her to her Water Babies class and was amazed that Jenna was able to swim like nothing was wrong. Swimming classes helped in her recovery and even though she couldn't walk properly she was still able to have fun and enjoy swimming and within three weeks Jenna was walking again.

By four weeks she was back to running around to her parents delight and also to the delight of her doctor in Temple Street.

Carol McNally from Water Babies said "We are honoured to have so many amazing little swimmers at Water Babies and we love hearing the stories they have to tell. The idea of the Little Heroes awards is to reward incredible accomplishments when it comes to water and to raise awareness of the importance of children learning to swim at as early an age as possible.'

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