Mourners farewell meningococcal victim
Sun, 09 Sep 2012 8:15a.m.
A much-loved schoolgirl who died after contracting a deadly strain of meningococcal disease was farewelled in Wellington yesterday.
At least 400 mourners attended the service for 12-year-old Amanda Crook-Barker at Evans Bay Intermediate School.
Amanda complained of feeling ill on Monday morning, and was dead by 5pm.
Principal Wendy Esera says there were some beautiful touches that made the service truly special.
“Everyone there wrote a little message on the coffin, which I think was really beautiful and lovely,” she says.
The Ministry of Health has confirmed Amanda died from the meningococcal C strain. The cost of private immunisation against the disease is between $100 and $150.
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11/09/2012 10:43:19 a.m.
Lani Garton wrote:
Hey Amanda, Lani here, i remember being at intermediate with you, seeing your beautiful bubbly face,your gorgeous brown hair blowing in the air, i've just moved to Auckland and I miss you terribly even though we werent that close, i'm sitting here in class crying my eyes out remembering the time we hung out together with Orewa and rode her cool scooter, everyone is going to miss you dearly and you were so loved, its hard to say all this but i love you and miss you already, my best regards to Amandas friends and family, she was an amzing girl <3 xox
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