Hours before being hospitalized, the schoolgirl was “cheeky.” 2023

An influx of condolences has poured in for a schoolgirl who died suddenly.

Less than 12 hours after watching television and sipping Lucozade on the couch, Lauren Menzie was battling for her life. The 13-year-old was brought to the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital days earlier after exhibiting severe flu symptoms.

This developed into sepsis, and Lauren died six days later in the hospital. Chris and Sarah Menzies, the schoolgirl’s parents, described her as “typically cheeky, lovely, and healthy” just hours earlier.

After the story’s publication, many sympathies and tributes have been given to Lauren and her family.

Bernadette Corrigan said on the Liverpool ECHO Facebook page, “Very sorry to hear your terrible news. Condolences to all the family and friends. Rest in peace, lovely Lauren, amen.”

Brenda Currie wrote, “Very sorry for your dreadful loss, such a beautiful little child,” and Sylvia Jamieson said, “So very sad, such a young and beautiful girl stolen by the horror of sepsis; my thoughts are with her family.”

Theresa Rogers stated, “Prayers and thoughts are with her family; there are no words for anybody who has lost a child, regardless of age.”

Sarah, the mother, stated, “Our thirteen-year-old daughter, Lauren, was a normal sassy, gorgeous, and healthy young lady until she had the flu, which developed into sepsis.

Hours before being transported to the hospital, the schoolgirl was her “cheeky self.”

“After fewer than 12 hours of laying on her couch at home, watching Modern Family and fussing about the kind of Lucozade she had purchased, she was battling for her life at Alder Hey. A fight she would regrettably lose less than six days later.”

In the United Kingdom, roughly five people every hour die from sepsis, which is caused when the body’s response to an infection spirals out of control, causing damage to its own tissues and organs, which can lead to multiple organ failure and death.

Chris and Sarah stated, “We intend to direct our future fundraising efforts toward sepsis therapy research.” Thus, we have chosen to join Sepsis Research FEAT in their fundraising efforts to enhance outcomes for sepsis patients.

Craig Stobo founded Sepsis Research FEAT in 2013 in remembrance of his wife, Dr. Fiona Agnew, and their unborn daughter, Isla, who died from sepsis in 2012. Since then, it has gained support across the United Kingdom and funded groundbreaking research, such as the GenOMICC study, which is investigating the role of genes in determining the outcome of sepsis patients.

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