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Séanín to appear in ‘Medical Mysteries’ documentary

Belleek’s girl Séanín’ Smith is set to appear in a Channel 5 documentary tomorrow night (Tuesday 22nd November) as part of a series exploring the stories of people living with rare and unexplained medical conditions.  The programme features a number of perplexed patients who are searching for answers.

The Medical Mysteries series began earlier this year and Séanín and her family were filmed for tomorrow night’s episode last year.

The story of the inspirational 24 year old’s incredible battle against the debilitating effects of a rare, incurable condition is one that has captured the hearts and minds of everyone in her local community and beyond.  Since Séanín was diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) back in 2013, the entire district has rallied to support her and the Smith family and the Fight On Campaign for Séanín has amassed an army of followers on Facebook.

Her life was turned upside down 4 years ago with the devastating diagnosis of EDS – an extremely rare and progressive condition which affects the skin, joints and muscles causing frequent strokes and seizures as well as affecting vital organs, but the brave young woman has campaigned tirelessly to raise awareness of the condition and her family and supporters have fundraised around the clock to raise the money needed to pay for vital surgeries in the USA which were deemed her only hope of leading any semblance of a normal life.

With her condition revealed to be even more complicated than anyone had realised,  Séanín continues to recover from her surgeries at home in Belleeks.

The Smith family hope her appearance in the Medical Mysteries series will help to raise awareness of her everyday struggle and fight for life and generate even more support for their campaign to raise the profile of the rare condition.   After much anticipation, following the postponement of Séanín’s episode earlier this year due to scheduling difficulties,  Medical Mysteries returned to screens last week and Séanín’s story will finally air tomorrow night (22nd November) at 10pm on Channel 5.