Corah’s dream wish becomes a reality

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A terminally ill teenager’s final wish to meet her favourite popstar Jessie J has come true - thanks to the support of her family and the caring community.

Corah Slaney was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was just 13 , now three years later doctors have told her she has the rare disorder, mitochondrial - which they say is incurable.

The Kirkby teen suffers regularly from seizures and spends every other day in hospital because of her illness and its side effects.

Now her devastated parents and family are trying to make every moment special for their daughter and have launched a Chorus4Corah campaign.

And the Ashfield School pupil’s dream of meeting Jessie J was fulfilled when the singer’s company found out about it.

A car was sent for Corah and her family by Ratchet Clothing and they travelled to Hammersmith in London to meet the former Voice judge.

Mum Lisa, of Victoria Road, said: “She was lovely with Corah and brought her out a water bottle to keep Corah warm. She signed Corah’s CD and gave her some photos and signed each one.

“Corah said it was great fun and an unforgettable experience.

“It really was a totally fabulous day that we will hold close in our hearts. Not only for meeting Jessie but for the beautiful things Ratchet Clothing did.”

Lisa says the day she and her family were told the devastating news about Corah’s condition was ‘every parent’s nightmare’.

“Corah is such a positive and happy girl, we want to make memories to last forever, this was one of them and we hope to make many more,” she said.

Her family and friends have set up a Facebook page for folk to post items - such as video messages - which they hope will put a smile on Corah’s face.

Visit www.facebook.com/Achorus4corah to help make Corah smile.

Mitochondrial affects energy in cells in the body and attacks them.

Doctors believe she could have had this condition for some time due to the damage to the pancreas, which could have been caused by mitochondrial .

If a person has Mitochondrial Disease, the mitochondria in the cells are not producing enough energy for the cell. Sometimes they do not work at all, and sometimes they are just not very efficient.

If a cell does not get enough energy it cannot function properly.