Girl, 3, dies after seizure at airport on the way home from tropical holiday


A family’s tropical island getaway has ended in tragedy after their little girl died following a seizure at the airport.

UK girl Ava Akers, 3, was coming home from the Maldives but had to be transferred to Bangkok after collapsing at the airport in a seizure in March 2017, Metro reports.

Ava’s father told the Metro his little girl was “a perfectly healthy three-year-old”, but while at the airport he noticed her dropping a souvenir from the gift shop. 

The dad noted it was odd because his little girl was never really clumsy but suddenly Ava fell to the ground and began having a seizure.

Ava Akers, 3, pictured with her mum Helen (left). The little girl died months after returning home from a holiday in the Maldives. Source: Facebook/ Helen Avers and Facebook/ Ava’s Angels

“Her eyes rolled back, her arms went straight and her whole body was shaking,” Mr Akers told the paper.

“Helen (Ava’s mum) caught her and I picked her up and ran around the airport asking for help.” 

Mr Akers thought she was going to die. She later recovered in hospital but an MRI scan revealed she had large swelling points in her brain.

The toddler fell into a coma and was flown to a hospital in Bangkok before she was transferred to Birmingham Children’s Hospital in England.

Doctors there informed the Ava’s parents she had suffered serious brain damage.

According to a GoFundMe page, Ava was diagnosed with Epstein Barr Encephalitis which affects the central nervous system. It can also cause meningitis.

Ava was diagnosed with Epstein Barr Encephalitis which affects the central nervous system. Source: Facebook/ Ava’s Angels

Ava was in hospital for four months and was told she would need palliative care.

Her parents decided not to place her in palliative care, concerned about her quality of life.

She died in the family home on July, 2017.

They have since started a charity called Ava’s Angels to raise money for families who also have to stay in hospital with their sick children.

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