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Teenager Dies Hours After Mum's Birthday Celebrations

Monday June 10 2013


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A TEENAGER described as a 'ray of sunshine' collapsed and died just hours after singing happy birthday to her mum.

Leah Pearson, an 18-year-old student, had been receiving treatment for an incurable brain tumour but had been reasonably well before she died suddenly last weekend.

Heartbroken dad Nigel, 39, said: "She sang happy birthday to her mum who then opened all her presents.

"Leah just did her normal routine and had her breakfast. Then she said 'I feel sick' and that was it, she had a fit and then we phoned 999."

Leah, from Brierley, suffered from further fits when she got to the hospital and sadly died.

Haley, Leah's mum, had turned 37 that day. She said Leah had been complaining of headaches in November and after visiting the doctor, was initially told the pain was caused by migraines.

Following an MRI scan, she was put on a six-week course of radiotherapy and chemotherapy at Weston Park Hospital to shrink the tumour so she could undergo surgery to remove it.

Her parents were not told how long their daughter would live for but her death had come as a complete shock.

On the day she died, several of her friends had been taking part in a Race for Life event to raise funds for Cancer Research.

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Reply Posted by Zoe on Monday June 10 2013 at 12:15
Such sad news, r.i.p Leah x

Reply Posted by michaela on Monday June 10 2013 at 12:21
RIP leah x

Reply Posted by John Driver on Monday June 10 2013 at 12:22
So, so sad............ R.I.P Leah..XXX

Reply Posted by Leanne on Monday June 10 2013 at 12:23
Awwww such sad news. R.i.p Leah x

Reply Posted by Kelly on Monday June 10 2013 at 12:32
Awww rip lovely. So sad xxx

Reply Posted by maz on Monday June 10 2013 at 12:33
so sad god bless leah r.i.p xx

Reply Posted by louise on Monday June 10 2013 at 12:45
R.I.P. Leah my thought are with your family and friends at this sad time. Xx

Reply Posted by teresa on Monday June 10 2013 at 12:54
R.I.P LEAH, my thoughts are with your family xx

Reply Posted by emma on Monday June 10 2013 at 13:14
such sad news. R.I.P Leah my thoughts are with the family x

Reply Posted by Hazel on Monday June 10 2013 at 16:21
What a sad thing to happen, her family must be very sad.

Reply Posted by Wendy on Monday June 10 2013 at 19:04
So sorry R.I.P Leah xx

Reply Posted by Louise on Monday June 10 2013 at 22:16
RIP Leah, I ad the pleasure meeting u. U will be sadly missed, we will miss ur laughter, thoughts to ur family xxx

Reply Posted by WTF on Tuesday June 11 2013 at 01:35
So very sad my thoughts and prayers go to her parents, family and friends. RIP Leah xx

Reply Posted by charlotte on Tuesday June 11 2013 at 09:35
R.I.P Leah x

Reply Posted by Jane on Thursday June 13 2013 at 08:06
Thoughts go out to the family at this sad time xx

Reply Posted by s on Saturday June 15 2013 at 10:33
my thoughts to the family such a shock for them.x

Reply Posted by Holly on Saturday June 15 2013 at 10:40
Such sad news at a time of a celebration, lot's of love, care and thoughts go out to all the family and friends. xxxxxxxxxx

Reply Posted by loz on Saturday June 15 2013 at 12:10
so sorry to hear this. Love and thoughts to the family xx