Meldrum Academy girl’s parents make plea for donors

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THE parents of a Meldrum Academy girl who lost her battle with leukaemia last Tuesday have appealed for more people to come forward as blood and stem cell donors.

Naomi Sharp passed away on Tuesday, August 28 at Yorkhill Hospital in Glasgow, following a long fight against leukaemia. Her parents issued a statement on Friday praising their daughter’s courageous struggle against the condition.

Alison and Alan Sharp said:“Naomi was diagnosed with leukaemia in September 2010. She received a stem cell transplant in 2011 but sadly relapsed in June 2012 and had to return for further hospital treatment. Throughout her life she adopted a positive outlook and never complained about the treatment which she had to undergo.

“Naomi was a much loved granddaughter, niece and cousin and will be sadly missed by her family. She attended Meldrum Academy where she had many close friends who will also miss her. Naomi was a talented girl who enjoyed music, reading and socialising with her friends. She had recently passed all her standard grade exams. We are incredibly proud that she was our daughter.

“We would like to thank all the medical, nursing and other NHS staff who treated Naomi in Aberdeen and Glasgow. The standard of care she received was second to none. “We would also encourage people to become blood donors and stem cell donors in her memory, as this will give children with leukaemia a better chance of beating the disease.”

Head teacher of Meldrum Academy, Andrew Travis, said: “Naomi was a lovely girl who will be sorely missed by her many friends at Meldrum Academy. She was widely admired by staff and pupils for not letting ill health limit her ambition to do her very best.

“Naomi was extremely dedicated to her studies and her high attainment and achievement was recognised on numerous occasions, most recently, in the SQA exams and at our awards ceremony. The thoughts of the whole school are with her family.”