Croydon girl told she would die three times wins swimming medal at Youth Games
A GIRL who was told she would die on three occasions has beaten her illness and gone on to win a prestigious swimming competition.
Jessica Harris, 12, from Duppas Hill Road, Croydon, contracted leukaemia at only 17 months and had to go through three years of chemotherapy treatment. Doctors told Jessica's parents three times she wouldn't survive the cancer, and the little girl was even sent to Chase Hospice in Croydon to live out her remaining time in comfort.
Against the odds Jessica made a startling recovery and has become an accomplished swimmer. Last week she won the gold medal at the London Youth Games Disability Swimming gala and hopes to continue being a champion in the water.
"I was so excited when I won," said Jessica. "All my team were cheering for me and yelling me on, it felt amazing. It makes me feel so happy that I can do things like this after being so ill.
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"My mum and dad call me their precious miracle; even though my legs are damaged and I sometimes have to use a wheelchair I know I'm one of the lucky ones."