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Sister of Maisy Mayne, who died after being hit by a tree in Bobbing, expected to make a full recovery

A little girl seriously injured by a falling tree after a tragic accident near Sittingbourne which killed her older sister is set to make a full recovery, her parents say.

Isla Mayne was airlifted to King's College Hospital in London for life-saving brain surgery after the incident in Parsonage Lane, in Bobbing last month.

Left: Eight-year-old Maisy. Right: Isla recovering at home. Picture: Andy Mayne
Left: Eight-year-old Maisy. Right: Isla recovering at home. Picture: Andy Mayne

Her big sister Maisy, who was just eight-years-old, died from a traumatic head injury after a tree branch fell on her during strong winds.

Just three weeks after the tragedy, Isla is now back at her home in Clarendon Close starting her recovery.

Her father Andy Mayne has since posted a thank you to all those who helped his family during what he said had been a "truly awful time".

On Facebook, Mr Mayne said: "We’d like to thank all the first responders that attended, the police, ambulance service and fire service.

"Then came the air ambulance, what an incredible service they are. All the staff at King’s College, the neuro surgeons, the orthopedic doctors, the physios, the nurses on the children's intensive care units and the lion ward.

Maisy Mayne was killed by a falling tree
Maisy Mayne was killed by a falling tree

"Without you all, we wouldn’t have Isla still alive with us now and we will forever be grateful to you. Losing Maisy is heartbreaking, but losing both our girls would be unbearable.

"Thanks to you, Isla is expected to be able to make a full recovery."

He also thanked all those who have donated to a fundraising page set up in Maisy's memory which has so far raised a staggering £28,500.

The family hope to split the money between three charities that supported them.

These include the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance, the Children’s ICU at King’s hospital and the Rhys Daniels charity who put them up in a flat next to the hospital while Isla was receiving treatment.

Maisy was laid to rest at St John the Baptist Church, in Tunstall on Thursday.

Her funeral procession left the family's home and made its way past Tunstall school where staff and pupils who remember Maisy were able to watch and pay their respects.

Around 100 people lined the route, before a service for friends and family took place.

A full inquest into Maisy's death is expected to be heard in November.

To donate to the fundraiser, click here.

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