THERE aren’t many people in the world who can be described as truly inspirational, but little Georgie Magill (Newell) certainly can be.
Diagnosed with cancer when she was just five, the six year-old from Stewartstown has smiled her way through severe chemotherapy, drug treatments and invasive surgery over the last year.
She’s never complained, kept her mum and family on their toes and, to top it all off, donated every last penny given to her by well-wishers and strangers to help other sick children.
“If you meet Georgie you will never forget her, everywhere she goes Georgie makes friend,” mum Heather told the MAIL.
“It was just the kindness of the people that Georgie has met that gave her money through her treatment to buy her something if she needed it.
“But Georgie decided that when she had finished all her treatment that she wanted to give her money to sick children.”
Georgie handed over a total of £2326.73 to the Royal Victoria Hospital’s Haemotology Ward and Birmingham Children’s Hospital where she received treatment.
Just a year ago, the Cookstown Primary School pupil was undergoing intense blocks of chemotherapy for a tumour found on her face.
After unsuccessful attempts to treat the sarcoma growth with breast cancer drug Tamoxifen, little Gerogie was forced to undergo invasive surgery which saw her jaw bone removed and replaced by a steel plate.
“Surgery was quite severe on her,” said mum Heather.
“She had roughly 100 stitches down her face but they are very hopeful that the cancer hadn’t spread down the bone, so they removed the jaw bone.
“So Georgie has a steel plate in the right side of her jaw there to hold the bones together. So she keeps getting check ups on it.”
As well as battling cancer, Georgie was diagnosed with autism just a month before the lump was discovered.
“It was the second week of September 2010 that my mum noticed the lump on her face and we took her to the doctor who diagnosed her with mumps,” said Heather.
“I wasn’t happy, and my mum wasn’t happy - there was no sickness, no temperature, nothing to say that it was the mumps.
“So shortly after that I took her to my dentist who more or less said it was a very serious thing - that it needed further investigation.
“He wrote a letter the following week and we took her straight down to the Royal.
“They were marvellous, they just seen to her as quick as they could although it did taken four months to diagnose her. But then we had to go to Birmingham. That’s when it really kicked in, when they connected her up to start chemotherapy.
“It was just a smack in the teeth.
Heather continued: “At the minute they are 90 per cent sure she is cancer free but you always get that worry when she takes a cold, or feels unwell, you are always panicking.
“She is still continuing check ups and Georgie has further surgery ahead, but she is doing marvellous and I honestly think the autism has kept her going.”
“She was always bubbly, she never complained and she has a very strong pain threshold. Georgie was the one who kept me going!”
Heather concluded: “The whole community both sides have been so supportive through it all.
“People are always stopping me in the street to ask about Georgie. And without my family through it all I don’t know where I would be.
“You have to stay strong. You have to stay strong for her and Georgie was the one who got me through it all.”