Healthy girl, 10, collapsed and died after saying 'Mummy, I don't feel well' as she suffered hidden brain injury
A HEALTHY 10-year-old girl who suffered a hidden brain injury collapsed and later died after saying "Mummy, I don't feel well".
Maisie Gooderham had complained of a headache when she collapsed in her mum's lap on August 7 – two weeks before she died.
Paramedics rushed to the family home in Essex before moving Maisie to an expert unit at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.
Doctors soon discovered she had suffered a catastrophic bleed on her brain and placed her into an induced coma.
"We had no prior warnings," Maisie's mum Sally, 47, said.
"It didn't make any sense because there were no signs."
She described Maisie's condition – an aneurysm in the brain that caused traumatic bleeding after a breach in the blood vessel wall – to Cambridgeshire Liveas a "time bomb ticking in her head".
"That could have gone off at any time, we're just truly thankful it was with us," she added.
While Maisie was in hospital, Sally and her husband Ian, 51, were offered accommodation in the nearby Acorn House, a facility for parents operated by the Sick Children's Trust.
Though doctors worked to keep Maisie alive with oxygen and blood supplies, they soon had to tell the family she could not be saved.
The decision was made to remove her life support but, before doing so, Sally and Ian were able to spend one final day and night with their daughter.
Sally recalled: "After we decided to take the tube out, we were able to stay with her for the night. They allowed me to get into bed with her.
"On Maisie's last day we did a memory day.
"They gave her as much time as possible. We painted her hands and feet and took prints. We took locks of her hair and her fingerprints.
"We had some professional pictures taken. The chaplain came and blessed her."
Maisie's mum described her daughter as an animal lover who was "always smiling".
She said: "She had her own YouTube channel and did TikToks.
"Sometimes she would phone up the house pretending she was from a pizza delivery place with an Italian accent."
Maisie's funeral was held on September 18 with a limited attendance of 30 people due to Covid restrictions.
Sally said: "There would have been hundreds and hundreds of people at her funeral. It was upsetting because she was so loved.
"Covid was hard in some respects, but it gave me two or three months at home with Maisie [before she passed away]. From that perspective, it was priceless for me."
Sally and Ian have now raised £13,000 for the Sick Children's Trust, which supported and housed them while Maisie was being treated in hospital.
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