A little girl's last words were "mummy, I don't feel well" before she collapsed in her mum's lap, dying days later without warning.
The shocked parents of Maisie Gooderham, 10, said there were no warning signs before their "beautiful and healthy" little girl died.
But mum Sally said little did they know their child had a "time bomb ticking in her head".
The Essex schoolgirl, who loved dancing, had a brain bleed her grieving parents never saw coming.
Her family is reeling in shock after she suffered an unexpected brain injury in summer that tragically took her life two weeks later,reports Cambridgeshire Live.
"We had no prior warnings," said mum Sally, 47, who described Maisie's condition – an aneurysm in the brain that caused traumatic bleeding after a breach in the blood vessel wall – as a
"That could have gone off at any time, we're just truly thankful it was with us," she added.
The family's world was turned upside down on a hot summer evening when Maisie complained of a headache.
Minutes later, she turned to her mum and said "Mummy, I don't feel well", before collapsing into her lap.
Paramedics rushed to the family home in the before moving Maisie to an expert unit at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.
Doctors soon discovered she had suffered a catastrophic bleed on her brain and placed her into an induced coma.
"It didn't make any sense because there were no signs," said Sally, who lost her dad earlier this year.
Sally and husband Ian, 51, were offered accommodation in the nearby Acorn House, a "phenomenal" facility for parents which is operated by the Sick Children's Trust.
While doctors worked to keep Maisie alive with oxygen and blood supplies, they soon gave the family the heartbreaking news that there was no way back for her.
The decision was made to remove her life support but, before doing so, Sally and Ian were able to spend one final day and night with their daughter.
Sally recalled: "After we decided to take the tube out, we were able to stay with her for the night. They allowed me to get into bed with her.
"On Maisie's last day we did a memory day. They gave her as much time as possible. We painted her hands and feet and took prints. We took locks of her hair and her fingerprints.
"We had some professional pictures taken. The chaplain came and blessed her."
After her life support was removed on August 21, Maisie breathed without aid for one hour and 20 minutes, before sadly passing away.
Her organs were later removed for donation.
Hundreds lined the street to say goodbye to the funny prankster.
An animal lover who was "always smiling" and loved spending time with her family and two pet cats, Maisie also had a reputation as a prankster.
"She had her own YouTube channel and did TikToks, recalled Sally, who said Maisie also had lots of friends.
"Sometimes she would phone up the house pretending she was from a pizza delivery place with an Italian accent."
Her funeral was held on September 18 and, despite a limited attendance of 30 people due to Covid restrictions, it showed the impact Maisie had on other's lives.
Her school, White Court Primary in Great Notley, Essex, organised a bright colour non-uniform day and closed early to allow children and teachers to line the streets and pay their respects to Maisie as the funeral procession passed through.
"Driving down there was so emotional, the street was lined with so many people.
"There would have been hundreds and hundreds of people at her funeral.
"It was upsetting because she was so loved," said Sally.
"Covid was hard in some respects, but it gave me two or three months at home with Maisie [before she passed away].
From that perspective, it was priceless for me." Thousands of pounds donated to children's trust in Maisie's memory Sally and Ian have now raised thousands of pounds for the Sick Children's Trust, which supported and housed them while Maisie was being treated in hospital.
"That was just a lifeline.
The love and support is phenomenal, it's carried us through to this point," said Sally.
The couple has smashed their initial fundraising target of £2,000 and raised almost £13,000 for the charity.
Some of the money will go towards funding the room where Sally and Ian stayed for the next year.
The room's door will also be inscribed with Maisie's name.
The Sick Children's Trust said the fundraising effort was "staggering" and showed how much of an impact Maisie had on those around her.
It added: "On behalf of everyone at The Sick Children's Trust, we want to give our biggest heartfelt thanks to Sally and Ian for thinking of us and the families we support at this incredibly difficult time.
"This vital money raised will go towards giving families with a seriously ill child in hospital a warm and comfortable place to stay, just minutes away in our 'Homes from Home'.
"Not only will this give families one less thing to worry about, but it will allow them to focus all their energy on their loved one. Thank you."
You can support the fundraising campaign for the Sick Children's Trust here.
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