Girl, 10, found dead on the sofa by parents one day after feeling sick

Shaylisha Morrison
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A schoolgirl was found dead on the sofa by her parents the day after complaining of feeling ill. Shaylisha Morrison's mum Debbie thought her 10-year-old daughter was sleeping on the sofa.

The youngster had starting feeling unwell 'out of the blue' so lay down on the sofa to get some rest. But Debbie's panicked husband quickly urged her to 'get an ambulance' when he realised the girl was 'not breathing'.

Paramedics rushed to their home but they could not save Shaylisha. An initial post-mortem examination was unable to find a cause for her death, the family said.

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Debbie said: "It was a huge shock. On the Tuesday, she was in school. She came home and we went shopping. She was running around B&M and playing hide and seek with her brother.

"We got home and she was chasing her brother around the house and playing with her sister. On Wednesday, out of the blue she started being sick and had the runs. On the Thursday, she was gone."

Shaylisha was in 'really bad pain' and experiencing aches to her back and stomach the day before her death in May, Manchester Evening News reports. She struggled to sleep that night and continued to vomit the next day.

Her concerned parents - who live in Ainsworth, Bury - lay her down on the sofa and urged her to 'get some sleep'. Shaylisha drifted off but was found unresponsive when her dad Eddie went to check on her later that evening.

Debbie said: "I couldn't believe it. "I thought she was playing games. My husband shouted "get an ambulance, she's not breathing". I picked her up and she just flopped. That's when I knew."

Debbie rushed outside for help, with two neighbours performing CPR on Shaylisha. Paramedics then arrived but could not save the girl.

The mum said: "It still doesn't feel real, I still don't believe that she's gone. It's something I never in my life thought would happen."

Shaylisha and her twin sister Chardonnay were born prematurely and suffered bowel problems following their birth. They often experienced stomach aches and constipation, which Debbie fears may be linked to her daughter's death.

The family are now hoping an inquest death due to open at Rochdale Coroners' Court on Friday, June 21, will give them the answers they need. Twin sister Chardonnay was admitted to hospital on June 3 - four days after Shaylisha's death.

She has remained there ever since and is in a stable condition receiving treatment. Debbie said: "I've been at the hospital 24 hours a day. I've not had time to grieve properly. It's a worry that it could happen to her. They both suffered with the same thing.

"It's a lot of anxiety and stress. I can't sleep properly, it's like I'm in a dream I can't get out of." Paying tribute to her daughter, Debbie described Shaylisha as a 'happy little girl'.

She added: "She was always smiling and wanting to help others. She was a lovely bubbly child. Her and her twin sister were inseparable, they did everything together."

A fundraiser has since been launched to help cover the cost of Shaylisha's funeral. Debbie said: "We're trying to give her the send-off that she deserves.

"She always dreamed of being Elsa from Frozen so we wanted to get her white horses and a white carriage. I never thought I would have to plan a funeral for my own child.

"I would understand if we had a diagnosis and she was terminally ill. We would have had time to come to terms with it but when all of a sudden she is gone, it's hard to even process that."

See the fundraiser here.