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Tributes to the Abingdon teenager who lived her life to the full
THE family of an “amazing” teenager who has died in hospital say there is now a massive hole in their lives.
Abingdon schoolgirl Leah Graham, 17, died on Thursday morning in intensive care at hospital after being admitted last month with cystic fibrosis.
Hundreds of messages of support have appeared on Facebook and Twitter.
The Fitzharrys pupil died surrounded by her family – mother Selina Jeacock, father Murray Graham, her two sisters, Aylisha and Jasmine Graham, and ten other relatives.
Leah, who lived in Buscot Drive, had suffered from cystic fibrosis all her life and was taken ill at the start of October.
Yesterday sisters Aylisha, 20, and Jasmine, 18, paid tribute to their “amazing” sister, who passed away at the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital in London.
Aylisha said: “There are too many words to describe her. She was just amazing. She had a massive impact on everybody’s life that she came into contact with.
“This will leave a massive hole in our lives.”
She said her favourite memory of Leah was her school ball at Fitzharrys this summer.
“Her prom was amazing,” she said.
“She got to be the pink princess that she was.”
Aylisha said the support from Leah’s friends had been “fantastic”.
She added: “Everyone has been so supportive. They have been messaging and calling and it has brought everyone together.”
Leah’s friends and family had used Twitter to appeal to celebrities, such as the teenager’s pop star idol Rihanna, to show their support.
Goodwill wishes came from model Katie Piper, band Cover Drive and X Factor singer Kye Sones.
Leah celebrated her 17th birthday in September while she was in Oxford’s Children’s Hospital, before being transferred to London.
Aylisha said: “We all went up to the hospital and had Champagne.”
Jasmine said: “I love Leah and she was the best sister I could wish to have. She wanted to study beauty at college.”
No date has been set for Leah’s funeral, but Aylisha said there would be a “pink and bright theme.”
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease and sufferers have problems breathing and digesting food because the lungs and digestive system become clogged with mucus.
More than two million people in the UK carry the faulty gene – about one in 25 of the population.
There is no cure but many treatments are available to manage the disease, including physiotherapy, exercise, medication and nutrition.
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