SISTERS Danielle and Georgia Wylde have spent their lives battling a hereditary condition that claimed the life of their brother.
Now their bravery is being honoured after their doctor nominated the schoolgirls for a dream holiday.
Danielle, 14, and Georgia, 13, were born with a metabolic condition which means their bodies cannot break down protein, leading toxins to build up and cause poisoning.
The illness, ornathine carbamyl transerase deficiency, means the girls need medication and a restrictive diet, along with close monitoring by medics.
Now the sisters have been given a trip of a lifetime thanks to their consultant Neil Hopper from Sunderland Royal Hospital, who put them forward for an 11-day holiday in Disneyland, Florida.
Mum Christine, 39, of Dowson Square, in Murton, said: “Danielle just can’t wait to swim with the dolphins. I’m just over the moon.”
Christine and husband Graeme, 41, who works at Walkers crisp factory in Peterlee, lost their first born, Rhys, to the condition.
He was diagnosed just before he died at three days old in October 1995.
Tests were carried out during Christine’s following pregnancies to establish whether the babies also had the illness, giving doctors and nurses a head start to treat it when it was confirmed the girls had also developed it.
Christine, who also has the deficiency but has not fallen ill with it, has to carefully weigh and measure food for Danielle, a pupil at Glendene School, and Georgia, who attends Easington Community Science College, as they follow the special diet.
Danielle is given her medication through a tube and Georgia drinks hers in a liquid form.
Christine added: “It’s very difficult, but we just have to get on with things.
“You’ve got to know how much they’re having of something every day and measure everything out before they eat.”
Danielle and Georgia have now jetted off to Florida, accompanied by nurses and a consultant during their adventure.
The trip, which will include the chance to swim with dolphins and visits to fun parks, is being paid for by the Dreamflight charity, with the sisters among a group of 16 children being taken from the North East.
The teenagers, who also have sister Bethany, 18, and Keira, seven, were under the care of Dr Sam Richmond until his retirement this year and have gone on to develop the same good relationship with their new consultant.
Christine said: “Dr Hopper has been really good with us.
“We were devastated when Dr Richmond left, we’d known him for years.
“We were really apprehensive, but we’ve got to know Dr Hopper and he’s nice with the kids.”