Sheffield teenager impresses medics with speed of her recovery

Georgia Smith
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Five months after suffering a suspected stroke and developing fluid on her brain a Sheffield teenager is back dancing and has helped raise money to thank the medics who saved her life.

Georgia Smith, aged 13, diced with death when she was rushed to The Children’s Hospital in Sheffield with life-threatening fluid on the brain in March but she is now back dancing with her troupe from the Spotlight Dance Studio - impressing medics with the speed of her recovery.

Georgia Smith

Georgia Smith

During her fight back to full health Georgia organised a bake sale for The Children’s Hospital Charity, to thank staff for her treatment.

Georgia, from Lowedges, was suffering from headaches when her parents took her to hospital.

A CT scan revealed she had hydrocephalus – fluid on the brain – and suggested she had suffered a stroke.

They also found a mass on her brain which was an infection and inflammation of her cerebellum.

“It was devastating,” said her mum, Carol.

“I just collapsed, I couldn’t believe what they were telling us. It felt like a nightmare. Then we had to tell Georgia, and she was crying. She was then taken to the neurosciences ward to be monitored hourly. It was touch and go as to whether she would make it.”

Georgia underwent two major brain operations and is now at home.

Gemma Bower, community fundraiser at The Children’s Hospital, said: “Getting back into dancing so soon after her treatment just shows how determined Georgia is.

“We are so pleased she chose to fundraise for us to thank the hospital for taking care of her, because every penny raised will help transform the hospital with world-class facilities.”

For more information about The Children’s Hospital Charity visit