Lisa Joan Fook

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 03 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a665
  1. Dawn Fook,
  2. Nadine Carroll

    Lisa Joan Fook was the first born of Joan and Gerry Fook on the 2 June 1967 at Oxford Street Maternity Hospital, Liverpool. When only 7 weeks old she was cared for by her maternal aunt, as her mother was suffering from puerperal psychosis and required essential treatment.

    Lisa was a mischievous child—whizzing around in her baby walker and frightening relatives into thinking she was going to fall down the stairs. However, she was very skilled and able to manoeuvre herself around the house safely.

    At 16 months Lisa’s sister Dawn was born. She loved having a younger sister and would often speak on her behalf. When almost 7, Lisa’s second sibling, Kerry, was born whom she adored instantly. Lisa was a devoted sister from the onset and would always ensure the safety and support of her siblings as well as the rest of her family as a priority.

    It was evident from a young age Lisa possessed extraordinary skills. Her ability to read and recite much of what she absorbed was tremendous. By the age of 7 she was familiar with the Pears young encyclopaedia, able to name all the capitals, highest mountains, and longest rivers in the world. She enjoyed playing chess with her father, and later with her siblings.

    At the age of 8 Lisa was involved in a road traffic accident, resulting in several days hospitalisation and a distinctive scar over her left eye. While very scary for Lisa, it also assisted her to consider the consequences of events and live for every moment as the future is so unpredictable.

    At school she was bright and outgoing. She enjoyed sports and was able to socialise easily with other children, some of whom she remained close to throughout her life. Lisa attended St Gregory’s infant and junior …

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