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Mia takes on Kilimanjaro

  • Posted on Oct 9, 2018

Mia is 15 and was diagnosed with OI type 1 when she was 7 years old. Carrying out life to the full, she has suffered breaks of arms, fingers, legs, toes, and back. Like many with OI, she has had to be careful with taking part in many sports and activities, but enjoys swimming for a club for children with scoliosis.

Mia applied to take part in a trip organised by Kilimanjaro Achievers, who are a not for profit organisation based in Dublin that organise expeditions of the African mountain. When she initially applied, it was thought she would be unable to go because of the high intensity nature of the trip, and the symptoms of her health conditions. As a result of these reservations, Mia and her mum had a meeting with the directors of the organisation. Mia’s steadfast determination solidified their belief in her, and they began to take steps to help her join the expedition.

Mia began training by climbing the Mourne Mountains and Glendalough, as well as attending the gym to prepare for the climb. During this period, Kilimanjaro Achievers began liaising with Mia’s medical consultants, and arranging tests to ensure she was healthy enough to take part.

On the 15th of August, the group set off, and reached the summit nine days later. This was a major achievement for all of the children who successfully reached the top, but even more so for Mia.

Parents receiving a diagnosis of OI for their child can be devastated as they do not know what the future will hold for them. Mia’s determination proves they can achieve outstanding things.

Thanks to Mia’s mum, Gail, for sharing this story with us!