Mia is a young girl who experienced traumatic hair loss due to burns suffered as a very young baby. The area of scarring is significant, but well camouflaged and would be very obvious if she tied her hair back.

This is Mia’s story in her own words:

My name is Mia Keaveney and I am 11 years old.

I was born in Hunan province in China. I came to live with my Irish family in March of 2002. I live with dad Clem, my mom Sally, my sister Meghan, my two brothers Jordan and Brett and my dog Harry. I’m currently in 5th class at school.

When I was tiny in China, I had an accident where I was very badly burned. I needed a lot of treatment and operations so I have been going to Crumlin Children’s Hospital ever since I arrived in Ireland.

I am still getting treatment for my leg and foot. Next April it will be 10 years since I started attending Crumlin

The next stage of treatment involves restorative treatment for hair loss due to the burns suffered as a child.

Mia’s story and energy, despite adversity, inspired the name of the Charity.