PETALING JAYA: Missing Irish teenager Nora Anne Quoirin had been to Asia and many European countries before but never wandered off or got lost, says her family.
Nora Anne, 15, had been extremely excited about the family’s planned two-week holiday in Malaysia, said her parents, as search for the missing teen entered its sixth day on Friday (Aug 9).
Describing Nora Anne as “not like other teenagers”, her parents, Sebastien and Meabh, said that she was not independent and did not go anywhere alone.
“Nora was born with Holoprosencephaly; this means that she has a smaller brain. All her life she has spent a lot of time in hospital. When she was born, she needed operations to help her breathing.
“Nora is a very special person. She is fun, funny, and extremely loving. With her family, she is very affectionate - family is her whole world and she loves to play games, like Cat Bingo, with us.
“She likes to tell us silly jokes and wear clever, colourful t-shirts. She is not like other teenagers. She is not independent and does not go anywhere alone, ” said the family in a statement issued by Lucie Blackman Trust on Friday.
Nora Anne, born to a French-Irish couple, could speak French as well as English but has limited verbal communication.
“Nora can read like a young child, but she cannot write more than a few words. She has a good memory but she cannot understand anything conceptual.
“She is unable to do maths and so things like money are impossible to manage. She cannot make or receive phone calls independently.
“She can wash and dress herself, though she cannot manage buttons, and struggles to wash her hair. At school, she is learning to ride a bicycle properly.
“Nora likes to walk with her family, but her balance is limited and she struggles with coordination, ” said the family.
Nora Anne was also very sensitive and could be very shy and quite anxious outside of her family.
“Every night, her special time is for cuddles and a night-time story with her Mum. And she was extremely excited about the family holiday in Malaysia, ” said the statement.
The family also reiterated their thanks to the police and all those searching for Nora, who has been missing from a resort near Seremban since Sunday (Aug 4).
Nora, who has learning disabilities, arrived with her family from London on Saturday (Aug 3) for a two-week holiday before the family realised her disappearance from her room at 8am the next day.
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