Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

There Have Been So Many Times When I've Missed Samantha So Much, I Didn't Think I'd Be Able to on; FAMILY TELL OF THEIR HEARTACHE AT LOSING FOUR-YEAR-OLD

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

There Have Been So Many Times When I've Missed Samantha So Much, I Didn't Think I'd Be Able to on; FAMILY TELL OF THEIR HEARTACHE AT LOSING FOUR-YEAR-OLD

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Byline: By ROB PATTINSON

FOR the Mitchelson family, letting go is still too hard to bear.

A year ago they lost bubbly daughter Saman-tha to toxic shock syndrome, a rare and silent killer.

Parents Graham and Lisa thought they had done enough by taking the four-year-old to a doctor when she seemed to be suffering from cold-like symptoms, but there was nothing which could be done against the cruel illness which struck her down in the night.

On Sunday, a year on from her death, as millions across the country stood in silent respect for our country's soldiers, Samantha's devastated family knelt by her grave to remember their little girl.

Mum Lisa, 28, said: "It's so difficult for me to be at her graveside because it brings it all back to me, but I have to go. Being close to her helps my pain.

"I remember the night she died so clearly. I just can't get over coming down the stairs and seeing her lying there, on the sofa.

"It's the worst thing I've ever seen, watching them try to resuscitate her in the back of the ambulance. Those memories haunt me. I just try to block them out.

"There have been so many times when I've missed her so much, I didn't think I'd be able to go on.

"I still think about her every day. I just miss her little personality. I just remember little things like her coming down the stairs in the morning, she would always put her face through the railings. Sometimes I look up, still expecting her to be there.

"Every time I go into her room I still see her on the top bunk. The room still means Samantha to me."

Samantha's death, on November 9 last year, shocked the close-knit community around the family's Welbeck Road home, in Guide Post, Northumberland.

The mystery surrounding her death was finally put to rest when an inquest concluded toxic shock syndrome had been the cause, after her cold developed into a serious bacterial infection.

Just 20 patients develop TSS in the UK every year, and as few as two or three of those might die because of it. …

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