AT 10 years of age, Martha Murray has been through more than many people do in a lifetime.
Not only does the youngster have to deal with constant medical issues, caused by cystic fibrosis, but she has also faced real family tragedy, following the sudden death of her beloved dad David last year.
But through it all, she has tried her utmost to remain a happy and positive little girl, inspiring those around her to try to do the same.
“Phenomenal is the word I would use to describe her,” her mum Katja told the Mail.
“She’s not only the bravest child I know, she’s the bravest person.
Martha, who attends Oldfield Hall School, in Uttoxeter, and formerly went to school in Abbots Bromley, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was just four months old, and since then she has had to undergo daily treatment to help her deal with the condition.
Each morning, she takes a huge amount of tablets and other medication, as well as carrying out breathing exercises and enduring massage to move the mucus which builds in her lungs. Her mum has been trained to do this.
Along with home treatment, she also has to attend hospital frequently.
It was during one of these trips, last October, that her dad was taken ill. He died later that night, after suffering with a heart problem. He also left two other children – Amelia and Sam.
Mrs Murray said: “All the children have been amazing.”
Martha’s condition is incurable,
“We just keep living, and going on with the medication and everything the doctor says, and we keep our fingers crossed that she has a happy and fulfilling life,” her mum added.
And for now, it seems to be going well. Despite her treatment, Martha, of Hill Ridware, throws herself into sports, and ‘always has a kick of the ball’ – a fitting metaphor for the way she lives.