Community sends messages of love to 'amazing' Hartlepool schoolgirl who defied the odds
Hartlepool youngster Talia Foster has stunned her family, her doctors and the local community with her courage – and she never stops smiling.
The 11-year-old schoolgirl, who has overcome a series of health problems in short life, was not expected to live for more than a few days.
But more than a decade on, Talia has begun school, is “loving” the new experience and is continuing to laugh and smile her way through each day.
The Mail caught up with mum Clair about her daughter’s incredible and inspirational journey in the days leading up to Christmas.
And now, members of the Hartlepool community have shared their own messages of support and pride at how much Talia has grown, and everything she has faced in her short life.
In the new year, the 11-year-old is expected to undergo major surgery due to her scoliosis.
But until then, she will continue being her “happy” and “giggly” self, enjoying her new routine as a Catcote Academy pupil.
Here are some of your messages from the Hartlepool Mail Facebook page:
Leanne Archie Woodward: “Inspirational, she's a tough cookie.”
Joanne Williamson: “Truly inspirational amazing little girl, gorgeous family.”
Lesley Clayton: “Such a wonderful mam and inspirational daughter.”
Nadia Flounders: “Amazing beautiful girl with an amazing family.”
Sue Waldby: “Gorgeous Talia … can’t believe she’s 11 years old. Where does time go?”
Vikki Jackson: “Lovely girl lovely family.”
Diane Tucker: “She is a fighter.”
Christine Mcpartlin: “Amazing young girl, beautiful.”