Southend "angel" killed by common slapped cheek bug

Heartbroken: Mum Karen Glover with Tahlia

Heartbroken: Mum Karen Glover with Tahlia

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A DEVASTATED mum has paid tribute to her “blue-eyed angel” who died suddenly after catching a childhood bug – previously thought to be harmless to fit children and adults.

Tahlia Raven, three, from Queens Road, Southend, died in her bed just hours after happily playing in the sunshine.

An inquest at Chelmsford Coroner’s Court heard Tahlia had contracted the common parvovirus – or slapped cheek – a respiratory problem which can cause red cheeks.

The court was told it was “extremely rare” for the illness to prove fatal and a specialist paediatrician said she had not heard of any other cases involving healthy toddlers in the UK.

Speaking after the inquest, Tahlia’s mum, Karen Glover, said: “Tahlia was my beautiful blue-eyed angel, loved by everyone and will always be my beautiful girl forever.

“She did not go alone, part of my life went with her the day the angels called her home. I miss you more then words can say and if I had one wish it would be to hold you in my arms again.”

Below: Tahlia (right) with sister Annaliese

Southend Standard:

She added: “She was healthy before this. I have been told it is very common in play schools and nurseries and we don’t know why it killed her.”

The inquest heard Mrs Glover found Tahlia at about 8am on June 2, last year. Dr Marion Malone, a specialist paediatric pathologist based at Great Ormond Street Hospital carried out an extensive post mortem and microbiology tests to establish the cause of death.

She found no evidence of heart disease, meningitis or pneumonia.

Mrs Malone told the court: “I have to consider all possible causes of sudden death in a previously well three-year-old child.

“The only significant thing I did find was a very swollen brain and some inflammation of the wind pipe.”

Further microbiology tests found Tahlia’s wind pipe was severely inflamed and there were infected cells in the brain, heart and liver.

Southend Standard:

Very rare: Pathologist Dr Marion Malone

She said: “I identified parvovirus from the heart and brain. It is very common in children and known as slapped cheek disease.

“On the balance of probability I put down the cause of death as parvovirus. This is very rare. I have not seen a case before which caused such swelling of the brain.”

Mrs Glover said Tahlia had a heart defect, but feels nothing could have been done to save her daughter.

She said: “The inquest has brought me closure, but because I’m not a doctor I don’t know if I’m happy with the findings. What wasn’t said at the inquest is that the post mortem showed a slight heart defect, which might have meant she couldn’t fight it off.

“If we had gone to the doctor, all they would have given us would be Calpol.”

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Natural causes: Coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray

Coroner Caroline Beasley- Murray recorded a verdict of natural causes and said: “Tahlia sadly died at home, a sudden unexpected death of a little girl who seemed perfectly healthy.

“She clearly was much-loved and was playing in the sunshine the day before.”

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6:26pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

A terribly sad lozs for this poor family.

I believe that this type of virus is contracted via exposure to faecal matter from infected animals including cattle, canines and felines.
A terribly sad lozs for this poor family. I believe that this type of virus is contracted via exposure to faecal matter from infected animals including cattle, canines and felines. Howard Cháse
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7:10pm Wed 16 Apr 14

_Lotus_ says...

OMG RIP, this is beyond sad.

I hope the family gets lots of support, so tragic.
OMG RIP, this is beyond sad. I hope the family gets lots of support, so tragic. _Lotus_
  • Score: 13

8:56pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Ladydolphin.mh says...

SO SAD, RIP LITTLE ANGEL AND MAY YOU PLAY AGAIN IN HEAVEN.

I HOPE THAT THE FAMILY GETS SO MUCH HELP AND SUPPORT THAT THEY CAN.

DREAM AGAIN LITTLE ANGEL!
SO SAD, RIP LITTLE ANGEL AND MAY YOU PLAY AGAIN IN HEAVEN. I HOPE THAT THE FAMILY GETS SO MUCH HELP AND SUPPORT THAT THEY CAN. DREAM AGAIN LITTLE ANGEL! Ladydolphin.mh
  • Score: 8

9:45pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

One more angel in heaven.

Rest in peace little one.
One more angel in heaven. Rest in peace little one. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 8

3:17pm Thu 17 Apr 14

keith_l says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
A terribly sad lozs for this poor family.

I believe that this type of virus is contracted via exposure to faecal matter from infected animals including cattle, canines and felines.
Howard, that is not the case - human and animal parvovirus are different strains and do not cross spevies.

http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/Parvovirus_
B19
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: A terribly sad lozs for this poor family. I believe that this type of virus is contracted via exposure to faecal matter from infected animals including cattle, canines and felines.[/p][/quote]Howard, that is not the case - human and animal parvovirus are different strains and do not cross spevies. http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Parvovirus_ B19 keith_l
  • Score: 5

9:56am Fri 18 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

keith_l wrote:
Howard Cháse wrote:
A terribly sad lozs for this poor family.

I believe that this type of virus is contracted via exposure to faecal matter from infected animals including cattle, canines and felines.
Howard, that is not the case - human and animal parvovirus are different strains and do not cross spevies.

http://en.wikipedia.

org/wiki/Parvovirus_

B19
Thanks for the info Keith.
[quote][p][bold]keith_l[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: A terribly sad lozs for this poor family. I believe that this type of virus is contracted via exposure to faecal matter from infected animals including cattle, canines and felines.[/p][/quote]Howard, that is not the case - human and animal parvovirus are different strains and do not cross spevies. http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Parvovirus_ B19[/p][/quote]Thanks for the info Keith. Howard Cháse
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10:54am Sat 19 Apr 14

ThorneyLover says...

So sad, this takes me back to 1997 when I lost my baby girl to Parvovirus B19 at 21 weeks of pregnancy. Guy's Hospital tried to do an intra-uterine blood transfusion but she died and I had to give birth to her. This does not cross-species. You do not catch this from animals. It is an air-born virus like flu.
Bless you all for the loss of your poor little mite xxx
So sad, this takes me back to 1997 when I lost my baby girl to Parvovirus B19 at 21 weeks of pregnancy. Guy's Hospital tried to do an intra-uterine blood transfusion but she died and I had to give birth to her. This does not cross-species. You do not catch this from animals. It is an air-born virus like flu. Bless you all for the loss of your poor little mite xxx ThorneyLover
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