Friday 28 October 2016

Mother's heartbreaking decision to turn off child's life support after toddler 'drowned in swimming pool' during family

Catherine Devine

Published 27/08/2016 | 15:00

Blossom (4) died in Spain while on a family holiday. Photo: Facebook
Blossom (4) died in Spain while on a family holiday. Photo: Facebook

A four-year-old British girl has died in a Spain after drowning in a swimming pool during a family holiday to celebrate her grandfather's 60th birthday.

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Blossom Kelly (4), from Skelmersdale in Lancashire, was reportedly pulled unconscious from a pool in the town of Sils, near Girona on August 20, according to Spanish media.

She was airlifted to hospital in Barcelona but died a short time later in hospital.

Blossom's mother Vicky Kelly said taking her young daughter off life support was the "most difficult decision of our lives".

Tributes poured in for the four-year-old
Tributes poured in for the four-year-old

"Words can not describe how we as a family are feeling right now but it hurts so bad. Telling my kids that their sister had gone was the worst thing I have ever had to do.

"God knows what we are going to do without the most gorgeous little character in the world. She was my best mate and I'm going to miss her so so much," Vicky wrote in a moving tribute to her daughter on Facebook.

Vicky kept friends and family updated on Blossom's condition as she fought for her life in Spain.

"Blossy has not had the MRI scan today as there were other people who needed it more urgently but she will have it tomorrow at some point.

"She has had several other tests through the day and has shown slight improvements in them and is reacting to things when she doesn't like them which is all good signs. Her bloods have started to improve too so we are all keeping super focused and extremely positive."

After Blossom showed few signs of improvement the family decided to take her off life support.

“She put on the most amazing battle but her little body was tired and we had to make the most difficult decision of our lives and let her go and she chose to go today on her daddy’s birthday," mum Vicky wrote.

Heartbreaking tributes flew in four the tragic four-year-old with aunt Hayley Thomas saying:

"Life will never be the same with out you gorgeous girl, but we are all so thankful for the four and half years we got with you!!!”

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said they are their offering assistance to the family.

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