Lauren Was Our Little Ray of Sunshine; EXCLUSIVE Happy Life Cut Short

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Byline: By MIKE MORGAN

THE VIBRANT life of popular 10-year-old Teesside schoolgirl Lauren Keen has been cruelly snuffed out by what is believed to be a sudden and devastating epileptic seizure.

But today her heartbroken parents Mike and Karen Keen, of Baysdale Close, Guisborough, stressed they want their "little ray of sunshine" to be remembered for all the positive things she has brought to so many people in the community.

Lauren was born with hydrocephalus which led to her developing severe epilepsy.

Doctors at Middlesbrough's James Cook University Hospital warned her seizures might get more frequent, but otherwise mum Karen said Lauren never had a day off sick from school, which she loved.

However, out of the blue on Sunday October 21, Karen found Lauren had had a massive seizure and had passed away suddenly during the night.

But in the wake of Lauren's passing, both Karen and Mike have reflected on the hugely positive aspects of her life.

Karen said proudly of Lauren, who had bravely battled disability all her short life: "At Kilton Thorpe she was very popular - always like a little ray of sunshine.

"She was so well-liked by the other pupils and staff.

"And she really enjoyed horse riding, swimming in the hydrotherapy pool and trampolining with her brother Gareth."

In fact, Lauren, who dad Mike says was "always full of life and smiling, singing and clapping her hands", loved to attend the Unicorn Centre for Riding for the Disabled at Hemlington.

Mum Karen said: "Her favourite horse was called Biggles and she had just started trotting and was getting quite confident.

"And she absolutely loved her time at Kilton Thorpe Special School where she met such wonderful people. …