Rush Green student running London Marathon for brain injured sister
PUBLISHED: 16:47 25 February 2015 | UPDATED: 10:34 27 February 2015
A student is running the London Marathon this year to raise money for a charity which has helped her sister through a horrendous brain trauma.
Georgia Kaczorowski, 20, was inspired to take on the 26 mile challenge by her big sister, Victoria, 22, and will be fundraising for Headway, the brain injury association.
In March 2012 Victoria suffered a massive brain bleed at 19 caused by a tangle of abnormal veins and arteries which have a high rate of rupturing and affect no more than one per cent of the population.
Georgia said: “I was 17 at the time and it was extremely hard to cope after being told my big sister was in life-saving surgery.
“The moment I saw her laying there so delicately I instantly felt this rush of determination to do all I could to make her feel safe and protect her.”
Victoria was placed in an induced coma after her surgery for several weeks and needed to have a breathing tube fitted into her throat when she came round.
She spent a year in hospital going through treatments and rehabilitation before she was allowed to come home to Laurel Crescent in Rush Green.
“I don’t think Victoria will ever be the person she used to be,” said Georgia.
“She is so much more. Going through something so life changing at such a young age and battling through it without complaining is inspiring and special.”
Victoria has occasionally experienced negative attitudes towards her disabilities, for example, she was once mistaken for being drunk due to her unbalanced walk.
She walks with a stick and has “one in every colour and many different diamanté styles”.
“My sister makes walking with a stick glamorous,” said Georgia.
“We call it her glam stick.
“Going through something so life-changing at such a young age, and battling through it without complaining, is inspiring and special.”
Victoria now struggles with coordination and balance, making tasks like pouring milk into her tea a struggle.
“Despite the daily complications she faces, she puts on a brave face every single day,” said Georgia.
Headway, based in Nottingham, runs a young people’s group for people with brain injuries in east London, where the sisters go each week.
“Headway is a very small charity and needs as much awareness as possible,” she added.
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