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Popular girl was an inspiration.

HARLIE Gilbertson was an inspirational student who had battled a rare genetic condition. Born with the face-altering illness Crouzon's Syndrome, Harlie had to overcome many obstacles during her short life to achieve her goals.

She defied medical experts with her courage and determination and dreamed of becoming a veterinary nurse. She even gave up her summer holidays to volunteer at her local vets.

She achieved 12 GCSEs from Emmanuel College in Gateshead in 2009 and continued with ASlevels.

She was popular at school and filled her spare time with activities, including gymnastics, dance and trampolining.

The 17-year-old, who lived in St Helen's Crescent, Low Fell, Gateshead, died in her sleep in November last year.

Paramedics tried for more than an hour to resuscitate the teenager, who in the past had received treatment for a condition which caused her momentarily to stop breathing in her sleep.

Despite her medical history, however, it is not believed her death is linked to her conditions.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 27, 2011
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