KUALA LUMPUR: Fifteen-year-old teenager Nora Anne Quoirin, who has been missing since Sunday, had never wandered off alone during previous holidays, said her family.
The family, in a statement released via Lucie Blackman Trust (LBT), a charity corporation which manages media-related affairs for British nationals in crisis overseas, said Nora was not like any other teenagers and that she was not independent.
“She is not like other teenagers. She does not go anywhere alone. She has been to Asia, and many European countries before, and has never wandered off or got lost,” the statement said.
It also said that although Nora was very affectionate with the family, she is very sensitive, shy and can get anxious.
The family via the statement also explained that Nora was born with holoprosencephaly, a condition that left with a brain smaller than the average size.
They also said Nora spent a lot of her time growing up in the hospital.
“When she was born, she needed operations to help with her breathing. She has specialists who monitored her growth, her physical abilities and her strength, and especially her mental capacity.
“Nora has always needed dedicated specialist educational provision, and now attends a school for children and young people with learning and communication difficulties,” it said.
The statement said Nora was very proud to be able to speak French and English, even though her verbal communication is limited.
“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,” it said.
The family also took the opportunity to thank the police and all involved in the search and rescue operation, which began on Sunday.
“Some of these people have been working all day, every day and the family cannot express their gratitude enough,” it said.
Nora Anne, who has a learning disability, was found missing from her room at the resort on Aug 4, and a report was lodged to the authorities.
A major SAR operation in the area, which enters its seventh day today, has yet to find any trace of the teenager.
Negri Sembilan deputy police chief SAC Che Zakaria Othman said the SAR operations would continue tonight focusing on the use of a drone equipped with a surveillance thermal imaging camera.