CONCORD – A Bedford child was recently honored as a “Champion Child/Outstanding Adolescent” at a state-wide event honoring young people who overcome serious, chronic health conditions. Emalie Harrington, of Bedford, was nominated by Christina D’Allesandro for her spirit and resilience and then selected by the State Council for Youths with Chronic Conditions. She wrote in her nomination:
“Emalie Harrington is a true inspiration. She was born with many complex needs and has spent too many days of her life at Boston Children’s Hospital. Emalie struggles with hearing loss, metabolic issues, severe cardiac impairments, communication and mobility restrictions. She’s is the girl who many said would never walk or communicate, now Emaile is walking and running faster every day without assistance. She is a talking machine and can read and write words and do simple math.”
Each year the Council for Youths with Chronic Conditions honors several children and youths. Most are nominated from school nurses and other professionals that engage regularly with children with serious health care issues.