An 11-year-old girl died after having a ‘serious’ asthma attack as she travelled home from her mother’s funeral.
Syira Coutain-Harebin died on June 1, just six weeks after her mum, Mary ‘Chiney’ Coutain’s ‘sudden death’.
Described as the ‘sweetest, dearest little girl’ who was ‘always smiling’, friends have been left devastated, and her school has organised a ‘Smile for Syira Day’.
A JustGiving page has been set up to raise money to help with funeral costs.
The page reads:
On June 1, Syira attended her Mother Chineys Funeral. In the car on the way home she had a very serious asthma attack and was driven to the hospital.
Whilst being attended by the doctors Syira had another major attack. This proved fatal and sadly Syira didn’t recover.
She had just turned 11 years old. I am broken to have lost a dear friend and now her little girl so tragically and suddenly.
The post continued:
The school community is reeling and her poor family are bereft and utterly devastated with grief.
To have lost their Mother and Sister in such a short space of time has destroyed them. I would like to raise money to help them with funeral costs to give our little Princess the send off she deserves.
She was the sweetest, dearest little girl. Loving and smart and funny with wonderful manners and always smiling. Please can you help by donating something? I had known Syira since she and my son Jack started Nursery together and they were great friends. Now Jack and his year six class start high school in September and Syira won’t get that chance.
There is one last thing we can do for her now and that is to give her a fitting goodbye. We all adored you Syira. Your classmates and their parents are absolutely grief stricken. We will never forget you, darling girl.
According to the Mirror, family friend Jackie Nugent described the deaths as ‘totally heartbreaking’, and wrote on the fundraising page: ‘I guess mummy Chiney needed her baby girl and her baby girl needed her mummy.’
She was the sweetest, dearest little girl. Loving and smart and funny with wonderful manners and always smiling.
We all adored you Syira. Your classmates and their parents are absolutely grief stricken. We will never forget you, darling girl.
Clare Walsh, headteacher at Mount Carmel Catholic Primary School in Ealing, wrote a letter to parents at the school, which said:
There are no words to describe the shock and sadness that is in the school at the moment.
According to reports, Mrs Walsh said schoolchildren have been leaving tributes at a temporary memorial to Syira, and the school is in the process of raising money for a permanent memorial.
In another JustGiving appeal, which was posted after Chiney’s death, family said:
When the Grenfell Tragedy happened [Chiney] was straight down there with donations. She would give the last pound in her purse to help someone.
Our thoughts go out to all the family and all the friends of Chiney and Syira.