Mum’s agony over tragic teen

Sophie Christian, 15, died suddenly after feeling unwell at her grandma's house on Queen's Way, Warton

Sophie Christian, 15, died suddenly after feeling unwell at her grandma's house on Queen's Way, Warton

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THE heartbroken mother of a teenager who tragically died has spoken of her grief.

Sophie Christian, 15, died suddenly after feeling unwell at her grandma’s house on Queen’s Way, Warton last month.

Amanda Christian with baby Emily and son Keiran

Amanda Christian with baby Emily and son Keiran

The popular teenager had asked if she could rest on the sofa as she was feeling ‘tired and achy’ before her condition worsened and an ambulance was called.

Despite paramedics’ best efforts, she went into cardiac arrest in the emergency vehicle and died before reaching Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Devastated mum Amanda Christian, 34, told The Gazette she still doesn’t know why her precious girl died.

She said: “I have got to have answers to why she died.

“So far there are no reasons as to why she isn’t here now, but I haven’t got my Sophie with me.

“One minute she was helping her grandma around the house and the next thing she was being resuscitated in the back of an ambulance, it hasn’t sunk in.

“In the ambulance she was panicking, asking if she was going to die but then she couldn’t breathe and she stopped talking to me – I asked the paramedics if she was breathing and she wasn’t.

“All I could do was sit and watch my girl dying, there was nothing I could do, I felt helpless but now I need to know why she has gone, I have to know.”

An inquest into her death on Sunday May 24 was last week opened and adjourned with no cause yet known.

The Carr Hill pupil, who was due to sit her GCSE exams later this month, had just had her prom dress altered for the school’s graduation ball.

But instead of seeing her daughter celebrate the end of term, Mrs Christian will have to say goodbye to her ‘beloved girl’ at a funeral today.

Describing Sophie as ‘loving and caring’ the grieving mum said her daughter doted on her eight-month-old sister Emily and brother Kieran.

She said: “She loved looking after people, she went to Warton youth club and later to a club at Fulwood and everyone loved her there – in fact she has a place waiting at Preston College to study Health and Social care.

“I am so sad Emily is probably too young to remember Sophie but we will not let her be forgotten, we are making a scrap book to give her when she is older.”

Mrs Christian, of Butler’s Meadow, Warton, said Sophie was a ‘little miracle’, as she had survived a 15 per cent survival chance after being born almost three months premature weighing only 1lb 13oz – less than a bag of sugar.

She said: “Doctors told me she had a 15 per cent survival chance but she beat the odds and pulled through after spending three months in Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

“You wouldn’t have known though, she took a little longer to develop but she was catching up and was such a popular girl, she would do anything for anyone.

“She loved art and would spend hours doodling, another favourite subject was maths – her friends have flooded her Facebook page with messages, I haven’t read them yet – it would be too difficult.

“Staff at Carr Hill said they would organise a plaque in memory of Sophie but I haven’t spoken in detail about that yet and friends have clubbed together to buy a JLS doll to go in her coffin.

“We have requested three of her favourite songs to play at the funeral including Bruno Mars’ ‘Smile’, it’s not very church-like but the vicar said it would be OK and everything will be baby blue as that is her favourite colour.”

Patrick Earnshaw, headteacher at Carr Hill School described Sophie as a ‘lovely young lady’.

He said: “She was well known in the community and liked and respected by all staff and students who knew her.

“She will be missed by us all. She was a credit to her family who are in our thoughts at this difficult time.”

A funeral service will take place at St Paul’s CofE Church, Warton, at 2pm today.