Brave teen Georgina gets to grips with farming despite ill-health

Dromara teenager Grorgina Bailey has just turned 16 and is looking towards a future in farming and agriculture.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 9:55 am

Georgina has the rare metabolic condition of Hyperinsulinism and associated with this, she also has Epilepsy and attends Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in London for treatment of both these life-threatening conditions.

“Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, Georgina has been unable to attend GOSH or The Royal Belfast Children’s Hospital in person, but we have been able to keep these hospitals up to date with her health via telephone appointments and email,” explained her mother Christine.

“Georgina has always had an interest in farming and seems to have honed her livestock skills, over the Easter holidays, by helping her Dad William at lambing time on the home farm.

“She regularly helps him with his sheep scanning business at the weekends or evening time, when school work and studying are over for the day.

“She also enjoys her Agriculture and Land Use classes at Dromore High School, Co. Down, where she is in Year 12.”

Christine is grateful to everyone who has supported the family over the years, and especially those who have made donations to the Great Ormond Street based charity.

“We, as a family, are very grateful to the local farming community for their continued support, either by donations to the Children’s Hyperinsulinism Charity based at GOSH or simply by thinking of and praying for us,” Christine continued.

“As the children return to school, we hope and pray that things are getting back to normal, even if that is a new normal.”

“If you want to find out more about the Children’s Hyperinsulinism Charity, please email [email protected] or their website is http://www.hyperinsulinism.co.uk.