A devastated mother has spoken of her heartbreak and disbelief after a schoolgirl died while on holiday in Butlins following a freak illness.
Jessica Ashton-Pyatt, 14, died in Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital on October 28 after she took ill at the Ingoldmells park while on a half-term break with friends.
Her mother Nicola, 32, received the terrible phonecall that Jessica was ill while she was at home in Clayton, Staffordshire.
The teen was rushed to Pilgrim Hospital but her condition deteriorated and she died after her stomach ruptured causing severe damage to her internal organs.
Doctors told Nicola they’d never come across such an unusual case.
Nicola said: “They had been having a ball on the Friday.
“Then on the Saturday, Jessica wasn’t feeling well. I found it really hard to take. The doctors said they had never come across such a case.
“When they said there was nothing more they could do, my first words were, no, she can’t die. I’ve already got her Christmas presents. I told them they had to do something,”
Nicola and her husband Andy were devastated when they arrived at the hospital and told there was no chance of saving her.
Jessica’s funeral took place last week and her school group at Thistle Hough High in Penkhull, Staffordshire, formed a guard of honour for her horse-drawn coffin.
Her close friends also put on a celebration of her life and touching stories and videos of the tragic teen.
It is thought the school plans to create a memorial garden in memory of Jessica.
A Butlins spokesperson said: “Jessica’s death was an absolute tragedy and our thoughts continue to be with her family and friends.”