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Gran's bid to raise cash for hospital.

A NORTH East woman is raising money for a Tyneside hospital after her granddaughter was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition.

Michelle McElrue and her family, from Washington, are generating funds for Newcastle Freeman hospital's Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).

Mrs McElrue's five-month-old grandchild, Kieria Moore, was born with DiGeorge syndrome and this has resulted in multiple heart defects.

As a result the youngster is spending a vast amount of time at PICU.

More than pounds 500 has already been raised by Mrs McElrue and on Saturday, a charity car boot sale is taking place at Oxclose church hall, in Washington, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

Di George syndrome is an inherited condition that lies at the more severe end of a spectrum of syndromes that occur when a part of the DNA on chromosome 22 is missing.

The condition leads to problems with the immune system and congenital heart defects.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 8, 2010
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