Tragic death of mother-of-seven

Emma Butterfield on her wedding day in 2011 with father Ian, husband Christian and mum Kath
Emma Butterfield on her wedding day in 2011 with father Ian, husband Christian and mum Kath
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A MUM-OF-SEVEN who died after suffering a massive brain haemorrhage was today described as “a little angel”.

A MUM-OF-SEVEN who died after suffering a massive brain haemorrhage was today described as “a little angel”.

Emma Butterfield died in hospital

after slipping into a coma just three days after she was visited by her doctor complaining of a minor headache.

Tragically the 27-year-old Blackpool mum’s death came on the day of her brother’s 25th birthday, just 11 weeks after she had given birth to her seventh child, Connor.

Today her devastated father Ian Oldham described his grief at her loss.

He told The Gazette: “It’s made a big hole that nothing could fill, daddy’s girl’s gone.

“She was the apple of everybody’s eye and she would do anything for anybody.

“She was little miss fix-it and she’d sooner be nice to anyone than nasty.

“Now I’ve got six little Emmas running around in her children, they’re identical to her. She’s left us a beautiful legacy but it still won’t fill that hole.”

Mrs Butterfield, who lived in Addison Crescent, Layton, was visited by her doctor on Thursday January 3 after complaining of a minor headache.

She was admitted to Blackpool Victoria Hospital the following day but was set to go home on Sunday.

However, her condition worsened and she was put on a life support machine on the Saturday night, before she slipped into a coma from which she never woke. She died the following day surrounded by her family.

Her mother Kath, 47, of Quernmore Avenue, Marton, paid tribute to a daughter who was also a companion and confidente.

She added: “She was a little angel, a good friend and we were very close.

“We used to talk to each other about everything.”

Mrs Butterfield was born in Blackpool and brought up in Somerset Avenue, Marton.

She attended St George’s High School, where she met her future husband Christian.

The young mother suffered tragedy in her own life when her second son Nathen, died of pneumonia in 2005 aged just 74 days.

She married Christian, 26, at Blackpool Register Office in July 2011.

The couple had previously dated while at school and had reconnected on Facebook after the breakdown of Mrs Butterfield’s previous relationship.

Mr Butterfield today said: “I’m just devastated and lost. She was a loving mum and wife, and I’m just trying to get by.”

As well as her parents, husband and brother Iaan, Mrs Butterfield is survived by children nine-year-old son Leon, Lucy, five, three-year-old Luke, Lacey, two, one-year-old Bethany and baby Connor.

Mr Oldham added: “I’d only chatted to her on Saturday teatime in the hospital.

“She couldn’t wait to get home to see her kids.

“Her husband Chris spoke to her at about 10 past 11 on Saturday night, then she went to sleep and didn’t wake up.”

Mrs Butterfield’s funeral will take place at St Mark’s Church, Layton, at 10am on Friday, followed by her burial at Carleton Cemetry at 11.15am.