LEAH Price has spent months in hospital in 2011.
Leah, who turned 15 this week, even had to spend eight weeks in Royal Manchester Childrens’ Hospital in isolation with a mystery illness.
During that time she contracted chronic septicemia, but through all of her health problems there was one thing that kept the brave teen going – her love for the band JLS.
And now she is getting her dream come true – a chance to meet the band!
Her mum, Kay, 45, said: “Doctors thought she initially had appendicitis but she was taken ill a few weeks later so doctors made the decision to keep the wound open.
“Every day district nurses came to the house to dress the wound and to get her through the pain she would put JLS on.
“When she was in hospital she had their posters up all around her room as well as having their DVD and CDs on constantly.
“No matter how many antibiotics and pain-killers she took, there was only one thing that could really help her feel better and that was listening to JLS.”
After months of tests Leah, from Platt Fold Road, Leigh, was eventually diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and as soon as her treatment for the disease started she began making a recovery.
But there is still a long road in front of the plucky youngster, who has four brothers and sisters, and she faces more operations.
She has also missed nearly 12 months of school and her mum says has lost a lot of confidence as well.
She said: “Leah has been through so much and we are so proud of the way she has dealt with everything. I don’t think I’d have coped in her situation. We were so close as a family but with Leah being away from us for so we feel like we were split up as a family because her dad, Michael, and I had to take it in turns to stay at hospital with her.
“We know that there are going to be many more challenges in front of us but we are focusing now on sorting the immediate problems out and getting Leah better and back to school.”
While she was in hospital nurses at the Royal Manchester hospital put Leah forward to the Rays of Sunshine charity to have her wish granted although she never thought it would happen.
But two weeks later she was told that she and her family would be going to London for an all-expenses paid trip to meet the band.
Kay, who works part-time at Specsavers, said: “When Leah found out that she was going to meet JLS she just cried and now it’s getting closer she’s absolutely elated and is so excited that she can’t sleep.
“The charity has paid for the whole family to take the trip although Michael can’t come because he has already taken so much time off work and we will all miss him on the day.
“On Tuesday, we will meet the band at the hotel before going on a limo tour of London and getting lunch with them too.
“It will be a day to remember for all of us.”