Mum died after ‘screaming in pain and collapsing’ on family caravan holiday

A mum has died after screaming in pain and collapsing while on a family holiday.

Clare Machin, 39, was with her 11-year-old son Aflie and her partner on a weekend caravan break in North Wales when she woke up with an agonising headache.

Clare’s cousin, Jacquie Gaffney, 52, told the Liverpool Echo: "She had woken up with a horrific pain in her head. She screamed 'get an ambulance' before she collapsed and started fitting."

Clare, from Huyton, Merseyside, was taken to Glan Clwyd Hospital in Wales and was then transferred to Royal Stoke University Hospital where she underwent two operations to try and save her life.

Doctors told the family that the mum-of-four had suffered a "catastrophic event" in her brain called a subarachnoid haemorrhage.

According to the NHS, a subarachnoid haemorrhage is an "uncommon type of stroke caused by bleeding on the surface of the brain. It's a very serious condition and can be fatal."

The main symptoms of the condition include a stiff neck, sickness, sensitivity to light, loss of consciousness or convulsions and "a sudden severe headache unlike anything you’ve experienced before".

Despite the best efforts of doctors to save her, Clare died on October 29, nearly two weeks after she was admitted to hospital, with her family agreeing for Clare's organs to be donated to help save others.

Jacquie said: "She was very, very poorly. They said even if Clare did get through, she probably wouldn't have been the Clare we knew."

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The family, including Clare's parents and her four boys – Jack, 19, Harry, 17, Alfie, 11, and Oscar, three – are said to be devastated by her sudden loss.

Jacquie added: "We're just all in shock, I'm up and down. It's not the natural order of things.

"She was full of life – a lovely and brilliant mum. She absolutely adored her boys. She's going to miss their weddings, their 21st's."

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Clare's funeral service took place on Wednesday at St Gabriel's Church in Huyton followed by the crematorium in St Helens.

Clare's sister, Vicki, said: "[She was] The most kind and caring person. She looked after everyone and loved her family so much.

"Her boys were her world and everything she did was for them. She loved to take the boys on holiday. They were always camping and when they weren’t they were planning the next trip.

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"She will be missed by her family on both sides, Machin’s and Grady’s."

Jacquie added: "Clare loved butterflies. When her organs were donated, that gave comfort to her family. It was like the butterfly effect, something she would have wanted."

A fundraiser has been set up in Clare's memory, with all the money going to her four sons.

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