Saturday 22 July 2017

'Tell us why our girl died' - Family's questions after Georgia (13) died after pizza with friends

Teenager died three days after deadly allergic reaction

Georgia Murphy died in 2015 after suffering a severe allergic reaction
Georgia Murphy died in 2015 after suffering a severe allergic reaction

Louise Roseingrave and Alan O'Keeffe

The family of a 13-year-old girl, who died after mysteriously suffering a severe allergic reaction, is desperately seeking answers as to what happened.

Georgia Murphy ate pizza with friends on June 18, 2015, and was walking home when she began to experience tightness of the chest.

The teenager, who suffered from asthma, was rushed from her home in Giltspur Wood, in Bray, Co Wicklow, to hospital in cardiac arrest.

Georgia died at Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin three days later.

An inquest into her death at Dublin Coroner's Court heard that her family is seeking answers about what caused the deadly allergic reaction.

Expert

Through their solicitor, the family sought the opinion of a medical expert to help clarify the cause of the anaphylaxis.

In a poignant tribute to the teen, known affectionately as "Duck", street art depicting pictures of ducks appeared around Bray following her death.

Mourners at her funeral at Christ Church in Bray were encouraged to take a piece of chalk and draw a picture after it emerged the teen had written a list of 21 things she wanted to do during the summer of 2015 on her school holidays.

One of the items on the list was to decorate her neighbourhood with street art.

Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane adjourned the inquest into her death until June 27, to allow time for more information to be gathered.

Following the adjournment, Georgia's parents Janet and Niall Murphy said they would wait until the inquest was fully concluded before speaking publicly about their daughter's tragic death.

They said a Facebook page, "Ducks For Georgia", had gone viral with thousands of entries from all around the world.

The page contains images of street art depicting ducks from a myriad of locations.

Photographs and videos of ducks taken around Ireland and the globe have been uploaded in tribute to Georgia.

Visitors to the page are invited to share pictures that have been drawn or seen around Bray or any other location.

An invitation to help the research of the Asthma Society of Ireland by texting "breath" to 50300, along with a drawing of a duck, has been uploaded to the page. One of the photograph responses is the image of a duck on the back of a Wicklow Rapid Response vehicle.

Many of the images are murals drawn with different coloured chalks depicting ducks and hearts.

One of the entries submitted to the page was uploaded by her parish, Christ Church Bray. The posting was made on July 29, 2015.

"Today should have been Georgia's 14th Birthday," said the entry.

"A small group of her family and members of Christ Church met this morning at 5am, at Booterstown Strand, to mark out in the sand a huge duck for Georgia.

Memory

"As we walked over the bridge, you could hear the ducks calling. In loving memory on your birthday Georgia."

The entry concluded offering love and prayers for parents Janet and Niall, sister Rianna and brother Matthew.

Its said the love and prayers would "continue amongst all of us in Christ Church and your community".

One year after Georgia became ill, her mother posted on Facebook a message of gratitude to Georgia's friends from Newpark School in Dublin.

"This day last year Georgia went swimming in Sandycove with her best friends from Newpark," she wrote.

"Thank you girls for going back and honouring her memory today."

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