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Mum’s joy as disabled Dagenham daughter given therapy bath in ‘phenomenal’ victory

PUBLISHED: 11:30 02 August 2016

Sarah Craigie, right, says daughter Georgia's life has been changed after Barking and Dagenham Council installed the bath

Sarah Craigie, right, says daughter Georgia's life has been changed after Barking and Dagenham Council installed the bath

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A severely disabled teenager has finally received a special bath after years of campaigning by her mum.

Wheelchair-bound scoliosis sufferer Georgia Craigie, 17, lives with a spine bent at a 100-degree angle, daily braving chronic pain with a dislocated hip.

But on Tuesday last week the council paid £8,000 to install a therapeutic bath at her home in Richard Ryan Place, Dagenham, leaving mum Sarah Craigie overjoyed.

“I’m over the moon,” the 39-year-old said. “It’s been phenomenal and I cried my eyes out seeing Georgia in the bath.”

Sarah has fought for a therapeutic bath for two and a half years, with well-wishers donating £3,055 after Barking and Dagenham Clinical Commissioning Group denied her funding, leading to Cllr Bill Turner of Thames Ward to lobby for council intervention.

Sarah says she’s used money raised on her JustGiving page to install hydro features in the bath, which soothe and mute Georgia’s pain.

“It’s amazing,” she said. “The sensation helps her circulation.”

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