A YOUNG British girl has died four years after an accident in a pool in Spain left her severely disabled.
Cally Simpson, aged 8 when she died, was left in a wheelchair after she was pulled unconscious from the bottom of a hotel swimming pool in Salou, Costa Dorada, in June 2014.
The girl, from Angus, Scotland, was aged 4 at the time of the accident and on her first holiday abroad. A British doctor staying at the same resort performed CPR but Cally remained unconscious and was left in a coma for some time.
She was treated in Spanish hospitals for weeks afterwards, before being transferred to Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children for a year, and then Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.
Doctors initially believed Cally would not survive, but she defied expectations, going on to attend nursery and school. The incident left her permanently disabled, however, and Cally was unable to speak and had to be fed by tube. She also had to undergo multiple operations.
The girl has now lost her life four years after the incident, and her mother’s cousin, Rachel Cameron has set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds for Cally’s funeral. Ms Cameron explained: “I am trying to raise some money, to help my cousin financially get through her daughter’s funeral.” She added: “Cally grew her angel wings all too soon.”
She also praised Cally’s mother, Kate Miller, calling her, “a woman only others could aspire to be,” and, “a mum in a million.” She said: “It’s a very difficult time for Kate at the moment and we would like to highlight some pressure from herself.”