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    MRS.DOYLE   115,156
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Just devastated...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I had some really sad news today. I volunteer as a reading helper at my local primary school. In February I was assigned to a boy who was identified as likely to benefit from one-to-one reading help. He was the sort of well behaved child who just disappears in a class of 30 children.

Well, he flourished and his reading level advanced by 3 subgrades which his teacher told me was more than expected.

Yesterday the boy was almost squealing with excitement about a forthcoming holiday. He told me yesterday was his last day at school. That was a prophetic statement.

Today I had 2 phone messages and an email asking me to phone the school urgently. They wanted to give me the sad news before I heard it from anyone else. It turns out that the boy choked on a 50p coin and fell. The hospital was treating his head injury but did not spot that his airway was blocked until it was too late. Sadly he died.

I was completely shocked by the news. I was standing up at the time and now I understand why you should always ask someone to sit down before passing on bad news. If I hadn't been close to a chair, I would have fainted.

It was such a waste of a young life. I can't understand how medical professionals wouldn't spot that an airway was blocked. But the blame game won't help now.

Life is precious and can be snuffed out just like that. The only consolation is that this boy really did live every day to the full and was actually very happy recently. That is the message I am going to take from this tragedy. Live life, be healthy and happy.

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IMEMINE1 7/19/2014 4:07PM

    emoticon I find that so shocking and I can only imagine how you must feel. emoticon

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KRISZTA11 7/16/2014 5:12AM

    So very sad.

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JOYINKY 7/15/2014 11:08PM

    How horrible! I'm so sorry! There are not words adequate to describe the loss of a young life to all who cared about him. Family, friends, mentor. I'm sorry for your loss. emoticon

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GAYLLYNNE 7/15/2014 7:42PM

    How awful. I am so sorry for your loss. It hurts my heart too.

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NEW-CAZ 7/15/2014 4:08PM

    I am so sorry Una, such a shock and such a waste of a young life.

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FISHGUT3 7/15/2014 3:46PM

    I am very sorry

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ANNEMAC5 7/15/2014 3:29PM

    What a shock for you. The school were very good to catch you before you heard the news elsewhere. Such a tragic waste of a young life and his poor parents. No words can adequately say what I felt as I read this. Even if they had noticed the airway problem earlier in the hospital I would imagine he was severely brain damaged through lack of oxygen. It is lucky we do not know what is ahead of us emoticon

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LMGMILLER 7/15/2014 3:05PM

    I am sorry for your loss. You made a difference in that boys life remember that you improved the time he was given and don't let this derail you from making a difference in other peoples lives. emoticon

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JENNY888 7/15/2014 2:14PM

    I am so sorry for the loss, but really happy you could provide the happy spark in this boy's life in his last days.

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SOON2BSMALL1313 7/15/2014 2:04PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. HUGS

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CTURCOTTE 7/15/2014 1:55PM

    That is so sad! TO young. But I agree with you. When tragedy hits one must find some HOPE in it all. Even though I dont know this boy I think that is what he would have wanted you to do. Live life to the fullest for him!

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