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Dozens say happy birthday to tragic Shannon
3:09pm Monday 7th October 2013 in News
TEENAGERS celebrated the birthday of a teenager who died after an asthma attack.
Shannon Smith, of Stanway, would have celebrated her 16th birthday on Thursday.
Mum Sarah Smith and Shannon’s friends let off balloons, lanterns and had birthday cake to remember the teenager.
Dozens gathered on Abbey Field.
Miss Smith, of New Farm Road, said: “It was absolutely lovely.
“It was the children’s idea. They told me what they would like to do and asked if it would be ok so I obviously said absolutely.
“It was a very emotional day but what the children have done is amazing.
“It really was overwhelming. I was getting messages from everyone all day.”
Shannon, a student at the Stanway School, died on March 24 after an asthma attack.
She had stopped breathing after watching medium, Colin Fry, perform in the Venue, in St Osyth.
She was taken to Colchester General Hospital before being transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge.
Doctors said her brain had been starved of oxygen and her mum took the decision to turn off Shannon’s life support machine.
Miss Smith said: “I would really like to thank Kayleigh Burt, Christine Coe and Olivia Coe for making Shannon’s birthday cake and everyone at Heart to Heart for the balloons and for spelling out her name on a sign.
“Her boyfriend Ben Chater also made her a cake.
“Shannon would have been so overwhelmed.
“It’s a big thank you from me to everyone and most especially from the birthday girl herself.”
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