A mum who welcomed a baby three days after the funeral of her nine-year-old daughter is urging for children to be checked for the potentially-fatal condition that killed her child.
Lisa McCracken, from Grimsby, has opened up about her heartbreaking experience after losing her daughter Courtney.
Speaking to Grimsby Live, the mum explained how her daughter was excited to become a big sister and meet the baby but sadly never regained consciousness after going to bed feeling ill.
According to the mum, Courtney had dinner after coming from school and went to bed, but came down about half an hour later saying she felt ill and vomited.
The girl stayed home for the next two days but seemed to be feeling better on the second day. However, her mum found her unresponsive in bed after lunch, and while waiting for paramedics, Courtney suffered a cardiac arrest.
It was later found that Courtney died as a result of diabetic ketoacidosis, which the NHS defines as ‘a serious problem that can occur in people with diabetes if their body starts to run out of insulin’. Symptoms include needing to pee more than usual, feeling very thirsty and being sick.
The funeral happened just days before Lisa gave birth to her daughter. She said about the heartbreaking situation: ‘It was a strange set of emotions saying “goodbye” to one and three days later saying “hello” to another. It was sad Courtney never got to meet her sister Evelyn.
‘I was going to call her Hope, when I was expecting her. But Courtney said she wanted to call her Evelyn. So after she died that is the name I chose.’
After losing her daughter to the condition, the mum now wants to raise awareness about it and get parents to test their children as a way to prevent the same happening to other families.
‘I am a lot more aware now of the condition and what to look out for. My other children will be going for tests soon to check so they don’t have a similar condition’, she said.
‘They are so easily passed off as other conditions and it is so easy to miss.’
She’s also organising an awareness day in her local area, to campaign for all GPs surgeries to offer children a quick pinprick test to see if they have the condition.
Lisa said: ‘It should be routine at all surgeries.’