Young woman, 21, dies suddenly after complaining of a headache

A 21-year-old woman died suddenly after complaining to her mother about a headache, taking painkillers and going to bed.

Jessica Cain, who was born and bred in Gateshead, England, died after contracting meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia on October 14.

Her mum Sheila Rowell said her daughter's death was sudden and the family were still in shock.

Picture of Jessica Cain, 21, from England, who died from meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia in October.
Jessica Cain, 21, from England, died after complaining of a headache to her mother. Source: Facebook.

Ms Rowell explained that her daughter had complained of a headache before going to bed, the next morning, she was found unresponsive.

"She said she had a bit of a headache and felt a bit groggy. She took a couple of paracetamol and water and went to bed,” Ms Rowell said.

“The next morning, I went to speak to her but I couldn't wake her up."

She called for an ambulance and attempted CPR as she received instructions over the phone.

Paramedics then arrived, however they could not revive Ms Cain.

It was later found she had meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia.

"Everyone is still in shock," said Sheila. "It hit everybody hard. It happened so quickly and was so sudden."

Jessica went to Glynwood Community Primary School, followed by Joseph Swan School.

After completing sixth form, she began studying at the University of Derby, hoping to pursue a career in art therapy.

She spent her last week travelling to Manchester, Derby, Birmingham and Sheffield with her friends before returning to the North East.

"She was stunning and was always happy and smiley. She is smiling in every picture I have of her," Ms Rowell said.

Picture of 21-year-old Jessica Cain, in London. Jessica died in October after going to bed with a headache.
Friends and family have paid tribute to the 21-year-old, who died suddenly and are hoping to raise money to help the family cover funeral costs. Source: Facebook.

Ms Rowell now wants to raise awareness of potentially fatal illnesses, such as meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia, and is urging people to get help as early as possible if they spot any signs of them.

A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help Ms Cain’s family with the burial service, headstone and all round funeral costs.

Touching tributes have been paid to the loving young woman who died suddenly at the age of 21.

“Everyone who knew Jess adored her, a gorgeous girl both inside and out who was so proud of her Geordie roots. A true Angel of the North,” The Go Fund Me page reads.

According to the charity Meningitis Now, early symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia can include fever, headache, vomiting, muscle pain and fever with cold hands and feet.

Patients can get a lot worse very quickly and people are urged to "trust your instincts" and get medical help immediately.


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