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UK Teen Housebound By ME Threatened With Fine By School For Being 'Truant' – Now Benefits Assessor Says She's Not In Enough Pain

Saturday 27 April 2019


From UK news outlet iNews:


Georgia Whyard
Georgia Whyard was struck down with ME
when she was 12 years old after a viral infection.
(Photo: Rachel Surita)

Teen housebound by ME threatened with fine by school for being ‘truant’ – now benefits assessor says she’s not in enough pain

Georgia Whyard claims teachers said she had 'school phobia' despite having an official diagnosis of myalgic encephalomyelitis

By Claudia Tanner
Thursday April 25th 2019
All rights reserved. © 2019.

In brief

  • The once A* pupil suffers pain, extreme exhaustion, and migraines
  • Mother says she was branded 'school phobic' due to poor attendance
  • Department for Work and Pensions ruled she is not in pain

Georgia Whyard was an active child who loved dancing. An incredibly bright pupil, she was being fast-tracked to take 15 GCSEs.

That was until she was struck down with myalgic encephalomyelitis, or ME, at just 12 years old.

She became house-bound, crippled by widespread pain and suffering extreme exhaustion, migraines and brain fog.

Yet the teen’s mother, Rachel Surita, says her teachers branded her ‘schoolphobic’ due to her poor attendance, even sending out a truancy officer to drive her into lessons.

She claims she was repeatedly threatened with fines and jail for failing to send Georgia to school.

Now 18, Georgia has been denied disability benefit after the Department for Work and Pensions said it believed she was not in pain.


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