A teenager has died aged just 16 after developing a blood clot on her brain.

Layla Khan had just started college this year and had been attending for the past three months. However, she suffered from painful menstrual cycles and was advised to take a contraceptive pill by some friends to help with her symptoms.

She began to take them on November 25 but by December 5 she had begun to experience headaches and by the end of the week she began vomiting.

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Layla’s aunt, Jenna Braithwaite, said: “On the Sunday night, she was being sick, a lot. She was basically vomiting every 30 minutes so they got a GP appointment on the Monday morning, they took her to the GP. Even though she was being sick the whole time she was at the GP’s, they gave her anti-sickness tablets and told her that they thought it was a stomach bug.

“They said there was no red flags to go to the hospital, and to go to the hospital on Wednesday if it continued.”

Layla Khan
Layla Khan
(Image: Family)

On Monday evening, she began screaming in pain.

Jenna says that she was there, trying to look after Layla, who told her the pain was “all over”. The family decided to take her to hospital, but Layla collapsed in the bathroom and Jenna and Layla’s mother had to carry her to the car, where Layla became increasingly unresponsive.

From Immingham in North Lincolnshire, where the family live, they drove her to the nearest hospital in Grimsby. The hospital ran a CT scan and found a blood clot in her brain, before sending her to Hull Royal Infirmary here in Yorkshire.

She underwent an operation, but doctors said there was a high chance she wouldn’t survive on Tuesday, December 12. The next day, she was pronounced brain dead and died.

Jenna said: “Words can’t even, we can’t even say the words about how devastated our family are, we’ve only just recently lost my Nana. With it being so close to Christmas as well, it’s a time for celebration and it sucks all the Christmas spirit out of you.”

Jenna added: “The fact that they said there were no red flags and then the day later she’s brain dead, it’s incomprehensible.

“My sister, she’s got newborn babies to look after and there are other children and she’s got all of that going on at the same time. It’s just such a shock, she’s only just started college and got a job, it’s just a shock, the family’s absolutely devastated.”

Layla with her family
Layla with her family
(Image: Family)

Layla’s family made the decision to donate Layla’s organs to people who need them, and the family have heard that Layla has saved five people’s lives just before Christmas, something Jenna says is “amazing”. Jenna’s daughter, Alicia Binns, is also running a GoFundMe campaign for the family, to try to raise money for Layla’s family and to help the family, especially due to how close it is to Christmas.

In the GoFundMe campaign, Alicia wrote: “The family is absolutely devastated, and we would like to help raise as much as possible to help with funeral costs to give Layla the best send-off possible, like she deserves.

“She was the oldest child and princess of the family, and she deserves the best because she was the best. Along with helping the family at this difficult time, especially this close to Christmas, every little helps.”

You can donate to the campaign here.


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