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Mum's pride as Little Mix make seriously-ill Cora's dreams come true with special meeting at Belfast gig

Watch the incredible moment Cora met Little Mix

By Claire Williamson

It was a dream come true for a seriously-ill little girl as she got to meet her idols Little Mix when they performed in Belfast.

Seven-year-old Cora McQuade-Denvir from Carnlough was born at just 28 weeks with severe brain damage.

She suffers from a number of conditions including epilepsy and  cerebral palsy.  The brave little girl is mostly tube fed, partially blind and can't walk, talk, sit or hold her head.

In November her family were told that her condition was deteriorating and so they set about compiling a wish list to make the precious time they have with Cora as magical as possible.

And at the top of that list was meeting the X Factor winners Little Mix while they were in Belfast.

That wish came true on Tuesday night at Belfast's SSE Arena. A petition was launched with fetched support from around the world in order to make the little girl's dream come true.

Dressed in a tutu of Little Mix colours the little girl was overcome with excitement while her mum beamed with pride as she met singers Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jesy Nelson.


Mum Amy (27) says words can't describe how important these memories are that she is making with her daughter.

She told the Belfast Telegraph: "It was amazing. It was unbelievable, I couldn't believe the wish came true.

"With all the people trying to help, it was quite overwhelming and then when it came true it just felt like a dream.

"Cora, she was just in her element. She loved it and the girls were just so nice. They were so down to earth and pleasant and kept talking to Cora and commenting on how beautiful she was and how her wee tutu that she had on, they commented and said it was very Little Mix.

"They said they were jealous and wanted one themselves."

Amy said the little girl smiled and laughed the whole way through the concert and was feeding off the energy in the crowd.

"I didn't know how she would react to the concert with being so close, as we were in the front row. But she was in the best form I've seen her in a very long time. Smiling laughing and giggling at the songs that she recognised."


And when Cora's mum saw how happy her little girl was, she said she had to fight back tears.

"I was just so proud of her. I was so excited for her and just every happy wonderful emotion you could think of was there. I was nearly on the verge of tears but didn't want to cry in front of everybody."

Amy said that she wants Cora to experience as much as they can in the time the family along with Dad Ciaran (30)  have left together - and for the little girl to leave behind a legacy.

"It means more than what words can express. I wouldn't know how to sum it up. Creating all these memories and doing all these things for Cora is just a magical journey. I want Cora to experience as much as she possibly can in the short space of time that she has left.

"It's all about keeping positive and maintaining the upbeat energy, giving her that energy and creating all these moments."

She added: "It's nice that in a way that when the time comes Cora will probably have a wee legacy left behind. People will say, oh remember the little girl that met Little Mix."

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