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Julie was born in Malta GC on the 9 March 1959 but grew up in Gosport, Hampshire. She was educated at Bay House School before moving to Liverpool in 1977 to study medicine. After appointments at Walton Hospital, Liverpool, Julie started anaesthetic training in Bradford in 1984; returning to Merseyside and gaining the FRCA in 1990. Apart from one year as a visiting assistant professor in the department of anaesthesiology at Oregon Health Sciences University, USA, Julie remained in and loved the Liverpool/Wirral area.
In 1991 Julie won the Liverpool Society of Anaesthetists' Janssen prize and Forrest medal. In 1995 she joined the anaesthetic department at Whiston Hospital as a consultant, becoming lead consultant for day care anaesthesia. She enjoyed the professional and social aspects of her work as a valued and respected member of the department and hospital.
Julie managed to balance a busy and demanding job with a sense of fun and adventure. She loved travelling and annually went on strenuous activity holidays with her friends (skiing; fell walking; climbing to Everest base camp and Mount Kenya; trekking in Bhutan, Nepal, Peru, and Patagonia; and cycling in India and Cuba).
Julie was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003 and endured a year of intensive treatment. Subsequently she returned to work full time, continuing with her outdoor pursuits and her passion for travel. Despite her determination to be positive and live life to the full, the cancer returned in 2006. After enduring more treatment she lost the battle and died in St John's Hospice, Wirral. She leaves her mother, Joan; brothers Michael and Kevin; and countless friends.