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Mum of tragic Liverpool primary pupil says she was ‘a fighter’ and praises ‘amazing school’

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Jul 10, 2024

The mum of a child who tragically died has said her young daughter was "a fighter" and praised the "amazing" staff at the Liverpool primary school that she loved going to.

Today the ECHO reported the news that two young children who attended Millstead special educational needs primary school in Everton have died in recent weeks. The two girls were aged five and six.

The tragedy has shocked the city and the headteacher of Millstead, Michelle Beard, said the whole school community is "devastated" at the news.

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Today, the mother of one of the two young girls who died has spoken to the ECHO under the condition of anonymity. She confirmed her six-year-old daughter died two weeks ago.

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The mum, from Norris Green, wanted to speak out to praise the staff at Millstead, especially those in Willow Class who looked after her daughter, who was born with a life-limiting condition.

She said: "It is a great school, the teachers work so hard and they are so underfunded. They do more than any other school.

"The school was a lifeline for us, they gave us a break. My daughter got so much out of it. She learnt a lot. I have spoken to some of the teachers and I know they are really struggling at the moment."

"We were so glad that we found a school that we could trust, it is very hard when you have a child with a life-limiting condition."

She said her daughter "loved going to school," adding: "She was always happy when she was there. The teachers in Willow class are amazing. They are a part of our family now."

Speaking about her child, the mum said: "She meant the world to us. She was always happy, especially when she was going to school. It was a big part of her life. We are going to be lost without her.

"She was always a fighter and she was loved by everyone, especially her teachers."

The devastated mum said that while her daughter had been born with such a serious condition, which required round-the-clock-care, she had not expected her to die so soon.

She said she had not been aware that a second child who had attended Millstead Primary had died until she read the news this morning.

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Millstead Primary School has been dealing with an outbreak of an infection called giardia in recent weeks, with the situation being managed by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) as a public health matter.

Giardiasis is an infection of the digestive system caused by tiny parasites known as g iardia lamblia. The infection can cause symptoms such as diarrhoea, stomach cramps, flatulence and bloating but it is generally not a serious risk to health and can be treated easily with antibiotics.

At this stage, the UKHSA said the causes of the deaths of the two children have not been confirmed but that they are "unlikely to be due to giardia".

A spokesperson for the UKHSA said: "UK Health Security Agency are aware of the sad deaths of two children who attend Millstead Primary School and our thoughts are with the family, friends and school community.

"The deaths are unlikely to be due to giardia. Giardia usually causes a self-limiting gastrointestinal illness which can spread easily in households and school settings."

The mum of the six-year-old girl said she does not know if the death of her daughter could be linked to the ongoing virus outbreak. She said she would not want to speculate on this and would be waiting for the post-mortem and inquest to confirm her daughter's cause of death.

Speaking about the tragic deaths of the two young children who attended her school, Millstead headteacher Michelle Beard, said: “The entire Millstead School community is devastated to have learned of the sad recent passing of two of our younger children.

"We have sent our sincerest condolences to both of their families. Both children filled their classes with joy during their time with us, and they will forever be in our hearts. We are working closely with our families, staff and pupils to support them as we come to terms with this terribly sad news.”

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