Laois girl raises Coeliac awareness

When Julie Scully read that dental decay can be a symptom of Coeliac disease, the penny dropped that her nine year old daughter Juliette could be a sufferer, but it was to be another 13 months before she was diagnosed, so long is the waiting time for a small bowel biopsy in Ireland.

When Julie Scully read that dental decay can be a symptom of Coeliac disease, the penny dropped that her nine year old daughter Juliette could be a sufferer, but it was to be another 13 months before she was diagnosed, so long is the waiting time for a small bowel biopsy in Ireland.

That was a month ago, and her mother is already noticing a big difference in Juliette, a pupil of Rath NS, since she switched to a gluten free diet.

“She has colour in her cheeks she never had before. Juliette didn’t have the obvious symptoms like weight loss or slow growth, but she always looked pale and unwell,” she said.

The family from Jamestown, near Ballybrittas recently attended the National Convention and AGM of the Coeliac Society of Ireland, where Juliette happily agreed to take part in a photocall to promote their campaign.

“She was delighted. She really felt very special to be doing it, and she was happy she got to keep the t-shirt,” said her mother.

For Juliette’s full story, see the Leinster Express next Wednesday, April 28.