Every family's nightmare
Wed, 05 Sep 2012 4:21p.m.
By Lloyd Burr
The family of a Wellington schoolgirl who died on Monday of meningococcal disease has recalled the traumatic hours before her death.
Amanda, 12, woke up on Monday morning and felt sick. After spewing up in the hallway, she took the day off school and stayed at home.
By 3pm she started to develop some blotches on her skin, so her grandparents Tracy and Kim took her to the medical centre.
But as Amanda was getting ready to go, she was found in the bathroom hunched over a chair.
“She was making funny noises and starting to go purple, a blackish purple and I was straight onto the phone to 111,” says Tracy.
The ambulance arrived and paramedics worked on her in the hallway. Amanda was able to talk but slurring her words.
“Her eyes were whitish and bloodshot and you could see her colour changing,” says Tracy. “We thought she just had a bug or a virus or something like that and later on she would be coming home and bragging about what had happened… but no.”
Amanda was rushed to hospital where staff began working on her immediately.
“Most of the time, I was in there holding her hand or foot,” says Tracy.
Amanda’s mother Lisa rushed to hospital from Masterton to be by her side.
The family watched as doctors drilled antibiotics into her bone marrow. But their anticipation slowly turned into panic, disbelief and then heartbreak.
After 45 minutes of CPR, Amanda had died.
Tracy says her entire body turned black, like a thumbnail hit with a hammer.
“It’s all just like the grim reaper has come in a grabbed her,” he says. “It’s just not right.”
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5/09/2012 9:28:34 p.m.
Amanda we miss you so much and friends dont die they live in our hearts forever as long as i wont forget you, you will aways live on. I hope your heavan's filled with KFC and we will always remember you as a happy, funny person. rest in peace
5/09/2012 8:02:01 p.m.
R.I.P Amanda if you are listening I can tell you right now all of us r missing u, E.B.I.S will miss u alot!! we miss you!!!!!
5/09/2012 7:34:39 p.m.
Minar Pancha wrote:
I used to wait for my kids outside Miramar Central School and I used to see Mandy meet up with her mum Lisa. Mandy was a bright and beautiful girl with a lovely smile and such classic features that to me she looked like a doll. I used to wonder if it was her mum or her sister picking her up as they looked so much alike. Lisa your daughter looked like an angel to me. One day when the pain is not so hard to bear, celebrate your birthday again in a loving memory of your beautiful daughter. Why this has happened we will probably never know but she will live on in the memories of all the people who loved her. I am so sorry for your loss and I hope in time the pain will ease and you will all smile again when you think of Mandy.
5/09/2012 7:04:32 p.m.
Daisy Feltham wrote:
Rest in peace beautiful. Everyone will miss you so much. My heart goes out to you and your family. Kia Kaha <3
5/09/2012 6:16:35 p.m.
Edna Lehauli wrote:
This is really sad i hope everyone won't get more diesse
5/09/2012 5:46:27 p.m.
this is so sad, my heart goes out to the family, stay strong.
5/09/2012 5:31:46 p.m.
Our dearest friends just lost their 18 yr old daughter to this a few weeks ago, very sudden. Everyone needs more education about this. However the symptoms come on so fast.
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