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Girl, 15, dies after epileptic fit

Natalie Sedge
Natalie Sedge

by Katie Alston


The family of a 15-year-old girl who died after a violent epileptic fit have spoken of their heartbreak and grief at losing their bubbly and fun-loving teenager.

Natalie Sedge was found bundled up in her duvet in her Lower Road home in Faversham by her sister Cara on Sunday morning.

The 25-year-old had earlier phoned to check the Abbey School pupil had taken her medication – and although at first Natalie seemed groggy she told her sister she was feeling fine and that she loved her.

But when their brother tried to get into the house about 10am he got no reply and contacted Cara, who immediately went round with a key.

The mother-of-three said: “I searched all the rooms downstairs but couldn’t find her.

“I then went into her room and was about to shout at her for not keeping it tidy when I saw her elbow poking out of her cover. I screamed at her.

“I called 999 and they told me to do compressions.

“I had no idea what they were. I was hysterical but at first it seemed to be working because she got a little bit of colour back.

“The person on the other end of the phone started counting with me and told me what to do.

“The ambulance crews then arrived and we were taken downstairs.

“I guess I knew deep down in my heart she was gone.”

Paramedics called Kent Air Ambulance for back-up, and the helicopter landed at the neighbouring park.

But it was too late and, despite paramedics trying to revive her, Natalie’s heart had stopped.

A postmortem is due to be carried out shortly but her family believe she may have died as a result of a cardiac arrest brought on by the fit.

She was close to her family and lived with her mother and step-dad.

Sister Cara said: “Natalie loved all of her family and would do anything for anyone. She was a very special girl, who was beautiful inside and out.

“We are all in a state of shock and it hurts so much not having her here.”

See this week's Faversham News for full report and tributes.

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