1. Seven-year-old Summer was on holiday with her family in Perth when she fell fatally ill with pneumonia.
— The West Australian (@westaustralian) November 7, 2017
Seven-year-old Summer Griffiths had flown to Western Australia with her mum and stepfather from Melbourne for a fun, family holiday.
But in the early hours of Sunday morning, Summer fell ill with a cough and a raised temperature, The West Australian reports.
When her parents noticed she was having difficulty breathing, they rushed her to Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. Summer was placed in an induced coma. She died just hours later.
Summer – who dreamed of one day becoming a nurse – had contracted an aggressive form of pneumonia and had quickly entered her bloodstream and could not be treated.
“Doctors said the bacteria was super aggressive,” Summer’s mother, Ashleigh Griffiths, told The West Australian.
“Eventually her heart gave out.
“I’m still a bit numb right now. I honestly can’t believe I’m not getting my baby girl back.”
Ashleigh posted a tribute to her “little boofhead” who “never woke up without a smile” on Facebook, writing, “Mummy loves you always and forever.”
The family are now raising funds to transport the little girl’s body back to Melbourne. A GoFundMe page started by a friend of the family, Rachel Kenny, has raised more than $20,000 in just 24 hours.
“I know Summer is watching over all of us and would be very proud of how much love you are showing,” Rachel wrote.
“This money will help in more ways then you all can imagine.”