THE mother of a Leigh teenager says she is delighted to see her daughter truly happy again after she got to meet her idols.
Leah Price spent months in hospital with a mystery illness and was close to death a number of times, but after meeting her favourite band JLS she has finally reached the light at the end of the tunnel.
After an extremely difficult time in hospital, which saw the 15-year-old contract chronic septicemia, Leah was finally diagnosed with Crohn’s - an incurable but controllable condition affecting the digestive system.
But through all of her health problems there was one thing that kept the brave teen going - her love for the band JLS, so when she was offered the chance to meet them she was ecstatic.
Mum, Kay, 45, said: “Throughout her stays in hospital listening to JLS was the only thing that really got Leah through and after being able to meet them we can now see that we are starting the road to recovery.
“The day was so emotional because to go through so many months of unhappiness to finally see her so happy was fantastic, she didn’t stop crying tears of happiness.
“Seeing how happy meeting JLS made Leah was by far the highlight out of everything we got to do.”
The route to seeing Leah, from Platt Fold Road, Leigh, diagnosed was an extremely tough one, she spent eight weeks in Royal Manchester Childrens’ Hospital in isolation.
While at there, nurses saw how brave Leah was and nominated her to receive a once in a lifetime wish from charity, Rays of Sunshine, and earlier this month she, her mum, two sisters and brother went to the capital for the all expenses paid trip.
Kay, who works at Specsavers, said: “The lads were absolutely wonderful and you could tell that they really get something out of working with the charity.
“At one point Leah asked Aston, who is her favourite, where he got a bracelet he was wearing from, so he just took it off and gave it to her.”
Although Leah’s recovery is far from over and she faces more surgery, the family is looking to the future.