Div­ing into next phase

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE -

CLAIRE McCul­loch is like any other 11-year-old who loves sport.

She is in the pool most morn­ings train­ing for swim­ming be­fore hit­ting the bas­ket­ball court in the af­ter­noon.

But two years ago, the now 11-year-old was un­der­go­ing ma­jor surgery to re­move her pi­tu­itary gland after she was di­ag­nosed with a gi­gan­tism – a rare con­di­tion that causes ab­nor­mal growth in chil­dren.

Claire hit her cur­rent 1.6m height when she was just seven, but her growth has been halted for the past two years.

She will now head into the next phase of her treat­ment that will al­low her to con­tinue to grow.

The surgery has changed Claire’s life in many ways and the young­ster has main­tained a great out­look on life.

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