THE devastated parents of a 16-year-old girl who died after an acute asthma attack paid tribute to their “carefree and bubbly” daughter.
Kayleigh McGuire collapsed suddenly at her family home and was rushed to hospital but died shortly after.
Heartbroken father John said he, Kayleigh’s mum Sharon and brother John, 20, were distraught after her death on Thursday.
He said: “She told me every day that she loved me. She was a beautiful daughter.
“I would like to let people know how it happened. It was an acute asthma attack.
“I want people to be aware of that. It happened so quickly.
“She was a carefree and bubbly girl and loved the colour pink. That’s the kind of girl she was.
“She loved going on holiday and had been to Florida and Turkey on three occasions.”
Speaking to the Wishaw Press, her family revealed Kayleigh collapsed at around 9pm last Thursday at her home in Shotts, North Lanarkshire.
The former Calderhead High School pupil was rushed to Wishaw General Hospital but died shortly afterwards.
Her half-cousin Lauren Maguire, 20, said: “Kayleigh was one of the most funny people you could ever meet.
“She was so kind and never sad.
“She always made you smile. She was an amazing person and I can’t believe that she has gone.
“She was a beautiful princess.
“She just had one big asthma attack.
“I would urge people with asthma to always get themselves checked.”
A fundraising page in memory of Kayleigh has already raised £2,495 to help her distraught family, as friends took to social media to pay tribute.
Dania Burns wrote on Facebook: “Well last night I lost my best friend, sister, rock and my whole world.
“You made me smile when I was down, yeah we argued about who was going in the bath first or who was tidying what part of the house.
“I just want to say that I love you so much and fly high gorgeous angel.”
Kayleigh’s tragic death comes as experts warn bacon sandwiches can double the risk of suffering an asthma attack.
And campaigners also criticised the NHS claiming both GPs and patients were not taking the condition seriously enough, with millions of people unable to sleep because their asthma is so badly controlled.
Calderhead High School headteacher John Robertson said: “Kayleigh McGuire was a quiet, hard-working pupil.
“She had a close group of friends who had grown and matured together throughout their four years at Calderhead High School.
“She was polite, well-mannered and co-operative and got on well with all staff.
“Kayleigh left school in June 2016 with the best wishes of staff.
“ Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this very sad time.”
Friends and family will release balloons and Chinese lanterns in memory of Kayleigh at Eastfield Park, near her home in Brownlee Street, tomorrow from 4.30pm.
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