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Byline: Alison Phillips

THE death of Coleen Rooney's sister is terribly sad. But her life, and those who helped her lead it, are inspirational.

It was about the time that Rosie was diagnosed with rare genetic disorder Rett syndrome, aged two, that she was fostered then adopted by the McLoughlin family.

Knowing her disability would only get worse and lead to her being unable to walk or speak they welcomed her into their family. How many of us would have been brave and generous enough to take that decision? Not many, I reckon.

But Coleen once said her family had never seen Rosie's condition as a burden - she was simply her sister.

It is this incredible attitude that reminds us of all the ordinary families who every day do ordinary - yet extraordinary - things to bring joy to the lives of children such as Rosie.

The family also paid tribute to the care she received in a local children's hospice - places which bring hope to lives without which there could be hopelessness. The short life of 14-year-old Rosie shines a light on the very best of human nature.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 9, 2013
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