‘Beautiful’ girl, 3, died from sudden viral infection on Thomas Cook holiday

Three-year-old "beautiful" Lily Gibson tragically died on a Thomas Cook holiday in Turkey, Bodrum, after falling severely ill with liver failure.

The poorly toddler from Sheffield had been on the summer break with mum Lisa and dad Chris, reports the Yorkshire Live..

She was rushed to a medical centre after suffering from vomiting, high temperature and diarrhoea during the trip.

However, she was later released and sent back to the hotel – she was then found to be unresponsive and stopped breathing and despite attempts at CPR she tragically was pronounced dead in the Bodrum Hotel on August 25.

An inquest into her death at Sheffield Coroners Court on January 26 heard that the family flew out to Turkey on August 17, 2018, with her mum and dad and a group of friends.

In a statement made my Lisa Gibson, read out by assistant coroner Steve Eccleston, Lily was described as a "smart, funny and loving little girl."

It added: "She was a confident little girl and she had no problem making friends. Kids would gravitate towards her.

"She really like to put on a show she was a born entertainer."

The court heard that Lily started to become ill on Wednesday, August 22, with a runny nose, high temperature and some diarrhoea.

This worsened on Friday, August 24, when she began vomiting and she was taken to see the doctor at the hotel.

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At 10pm that evening they were told that they could take Lily back to the hotel.

Dad Chris Gibson said that the doctor told him, "she's not 100 percent but she's not getting any worse."

However, the court heard that at 7.30am the next morning on dad Chris woke up to hear Lily making some "unusual noises".

Despite doctors help and the arrival of two ambulances Lily was pronounced dead later that morning.

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A second post mortem was carried out by pathologist Dr Marta Cohen when Lily's body was repatriated to the UK.

She found that the three-year-old has suffered from liver failure that had been caused by a viral infection.

The Turkish post mortem was discounted by Coroner Steve Eccleston as it was found to be "irrelevant" as it listed the cause of death as Chronic Bronchitis.

But giving live evidence Dr Cohen said that they were "not right" and she did not find any evidence of severe bronchitis.

Questions were also raised as to whether the poor cleanliness at the hotel could have caused her to fall ill in the first place.

However, it was found at the inquest that this was not likely to have caused her death, due to the differing symptoms Lily had to others also ill at the hotel.

Recording a narrative conclusion the coroner said: "Lily Gibson died on August 25 2018 at the Bodrum Hotel resort through liver failure caused by a viral infection of unknown origin."

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