Schoolgirl Amelia Le Clercq, 14, dies just weeks after learning she was to receive a transplant (From The Argus)
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Schoolgirl Amelia Le Clercq, 14, dies just weeks after learning she was to receive a transplant
A 14-year-old schoolgirl has died just weeks after learning she was to receive a potentially life-saving transplant.
Shoreham College school pupil Amelia Le Clercq who was diagnosed with the rare bone marrow illness aplastic anaemia in April this year, died suddenly on Wednesday after developing septicaemia.
About a month ago a bone marrow match was found for her from a 22- year-old German woman – which could have saved her life.
She was due to have a transplant two weeks ago. But tragically she became too ill to have it and the additional chemotherapy, dying in Kings College Hospital in London.
Amelia, who had a brother Louis, ten, was hailed for her bravery. Speaking at her home in Greenacres Shoreham, West Sussex, her 52-year-old mother Jane Le Clercq said: “A few days ago she called me remarkable.
“But she was the remarkable one.
“Throughout this entire journey she has taught me about courage in adversity. She taught me a lot.
“Amelia was courteous, gracious and brave. She showed an incredible amount of courage.”
Mrs Le Clercq told how her daughter developed the illness out-of-the-blue.
She began feeling weak and tired and started bruising heavily. She went on a rollercoaster with friends and the next morning her gums were bleeding and she was covered in bruises. In April she was diagnosed with aplastic anaemia, a blood disorder in which the body’s bone marrow does not make enough new blood cells.
Her mother said it was so rare that only about 30 people a year are diagnosed with it and doctors initially feared Amelia had leukaemia.
Her doctor at Worthing Hospital was not familiar with the illness but learnt about it quickly and Amelia was given transfusions.
She was on eight types of medication which she used to take before rushing off to the park to be with her friends. She could not fight off any illnesses so spent eight weeks in isolation. During this time she constantly Skype-d and sent Facebook messages to her friends including best pals Ella Scammell and Olivia Simpson, both 14.
Mrs Le Clercq said: “Amelia’s friends were wonderful. “She was constantly talking to them and they made her feel like things were normal.
“They were there for her and were also very courageous. I am proud of them, just as I am proud of her. They were marvellous.”
Her mother revealed that Amelia was so keen to live a normal life she told hardly anyone she was ill – Ella and Olivia knew, but not many other people.
Ella, a school friend of Amelia’s at Shoreham College, said: “She had lots of friends. She was really popular and so nice. We will really miss her. We’ve been laugh- ing about things – memories of her.”
Meanwhile, Olivia, who attends Brighton and Hove High School for Girls, cut an American holiday short on hearing of Amelia’s death.
She said: “She was nice to every- body. She always forgave people and saw the best in people.”
Shoreham College also paid tribute to Amelia, who also leaves her father Paul, who lives in Hove.
The school said she would be missed. Many more tributes have been written on her Facebook page. Mrs Le Clercq praised all three hospitals where Amelia was treated.
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