Rare type of epilepsy led to Indie-Mai’s death

Indie-Mai Mo
Indie-Mai Mo

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A THREE-YEAR-OLD girl who suffered from a rare form of epilepsy died due to natural causes, a coroner has ruled.

Indie-Mai Mo died last year after suffering complications due to her epilepsy.

At an inquest into her death, a court heard that the youngster suffered from Dravet Syndrome – a rare form of epilepsy.

It meant she suffered from violent seizures, as well as other health problems.

The day before she died, Indie-Mai had been playing with her siblings in the garden and fell asleep in her mum’s arms. She was put to bed at around 11.30pm.

The toddler was found by her mum in her bed on the morning of Saturday, June 8 last year. She wasn’t moving.

An ambulance was called and she was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Dr Darren Fowler is a paediatric pathologist.

He concluded that Indie-Mai died after contracting pneumonia after patches were found in her lungs, with the secondary cause being her epilepsy.

He said: ‘Indie-Mai was a well-nourished child.

‘There were no external injuries.

‘Children who have epilepsy are more likely to die suddenly or unexpectedly.’

David Horsley, the coroner for Portsmouth and South East Hampshire, concluded that Indie-Mai’s death was due to natural causes.

He said: ‘Quite clearly everything points to Indie-Mai being a much loved and well cared for little girl.

‘I am satisfied that this has happened due to an entirely natural disease.

‘I have to reach the very sad conclusion that Indie-Mai has died due to natural causes.’

Addressing the family, Mr Horsley added: ‘I’m so sorry. I wish we weren’t here and I wish I could bring her back for you.’

Her mum Elaine, of Harleston Road in Cosham, is setting up a charity in her daughter’s memory.

She wants money raised to be used to fund specialist equipment and consultants to deal with Dravet Syndrome, as well as raising awareness about the different kinds of epilepsy that affect people across the country.

Visit dravet.org.uk to find out more information about Dravet Syndrome.