Girl, 8, Beats Leukemia, Stroke, Paralysis to Ride Bike Again

Whizzing by on her bicycle, Georgia Morgan looks a picture of health.

But the 8-year-old from England spent two years battling not just leukemia and a stroke but also shingles, E coli and paralysis.

Seeing their daughter laughing as she rides by is a poignant moment for parents Lorna and Darren Morgan, who never dreamed Georgia's ill health would one day be a thing of the past.

They first feared losing her to leukemia. Then came the stroke that doctors warned may have damaged her brain so badly that she would not recognize them.

But in May, after watching Georgia go through two years of treatment including chemotherapy, the Morgans got the phone call they longed for.

"A doctor from Addenbrooke's hospital in Cambridge, where Georgia received most of her treatment, said there was no sign of leukemia in her recent bone marrow examination and she is now in remission," said Lorna Morgan, 37.

"It feels surreal," she continued. "At last, we have Georgia home feeling fit and well, which is hard to believe considering all she has been through."

Georgia tells her 5-year-old brother Jamie that her long illness was just a "big adventure."

The adventure started two years ago when Georgia was diagnosed with leukemia. She underwent chemotherapy and steroid treatment immediately.

But three weeks later, medics delivered some bad news.

"Georgia's steroids and chemotherapy clashed, resulting in a blood clot," Lorna Morgan said. "They can occur anywhere in the body, but Georgia's formed on the brain, causing a stroke.

"I had slept with her on the ward and woke at 5 a.m. to find her making a funny noise. I couldn't wake her even though her eyes were open, and her body started jolting. A team of doctors rushed in and she was put on life support in intensive care," her mother said.

"A doctor eventually told us the stroke had left her severely brain damaged. She wouldn't know us any more and would be paralyzed from the neck down. It was devastating."

Ultimately, Georgia suffered no long-term damage from the stroke. But also suffered from shingles and E.coli poisoning during the course of her treatment.

"I'm so proud of her," Lorna Morgan said. "Even when full of drugs for shingles and E. coli she remained as bright as a button. She hasn't dropped behind at school either and will be returning to the same year group this autumn."

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