A MUM-of-three who was planning her wedding died suddenly after she complained of a temperature.
Ashleigh De-Andrade, 31, from Southport, left behind her three sons and her fiancé Jordan Nimmo.
Ashleigh, is reported to have become unwell after a weekend away at Haven Hafan y Môr Holiday Park in North Wales. She died in hospital.
Ashleigh was in her second year at university where she was studying mental health nursing.
Her friend Lauren Guest, 25, told the Liverpool Echo that Ashleigh complained of a temperature on April 23 after returning from a holiday.
Lauren said Ashleigh went to bed for a few hours and was found to be sweating.
Her partner took her to hospital , where she suffered a number of seizures.
Lauren said Ashleigh is believed to have suffered from a bleed on the brain and meningitis.
Lauren set up a Gofundme page to raise money so her partner and sons can enjoy some time together.
Lauren penned a touching note to her late friend whichread: "I am so sorry this happened to you. It’s true what they say he really does take thebest of us because you was one of the most amazing people I have ever met, you were so special Ash.
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"We are all absolutely devastated & can’t believe you are gone. You will be forever missed & hold such a special place in all of our hearts our beautiful girl.
"Rest in peace & keep shining bright looking down on your beautiful family especially your boys."
You can contribute to the appeal on Lauren's GoFundMe page.
Meningitis: The signs you need to know
The symptoms of meningitis develop suddenly and include:
- A high fever over 37.5 degrees – the average human temperature
- being sick
- a headache
- a blotchy rash that doesn't fade when a glass is rolled over it
- stiffness, especially in the neck
- sensitivity to bright lights
- drowsiness, irritability or lack of energy
- cold hands and feet
The classic rash associated with meningitis usually looks like small, red pinpricks at first.
But it will spread over the body and turn into red or purple blotches.
If you press the side of a glass firmly against the skin where the rash is and it does not fade, it is a sign of blood poisoning and you should get medical help immediately.
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