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Tributes after rare infection claims life of 18-year-old student from Kingsteignton

By Herald Express  |  Posted: September 04, 2014

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THE mother of an 18-year-old student who died suddenly after contracting a rare infection, has paid tribute to her 'perfect daughter'.

Teign Academy student Jade Lancaster (pictured) had been on holiday in Egypt with family when she became ill and was diagnosed with an infection of the central nervous system, which affects just one in half a million people.

The Kingsteignton teenager had complained of feeling tired before going on the trip with her mum Kerry Stevens, her partner Ian Bailey and her sister Holly.

The family arrived in Egypt and within days Jade was in hospital and had to undergo brain surgery.

She remained in the hospital for two weeks before being flown home by air ambulance and endured two further operations at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, but sadly died on August 26.

Her mother Kerry said her daughter was 'beautiful' and had a bright future ahead of her.

"She was happy, bubbly and always smiling and was so intelligent," said Kerry.

"She had just got her A Level results and got outstanding marks and was set to go to Nottingham University to study neuro science.

"Out of college, Jade loved seeing her friends and had passed her driving test in November which gave her some freedom. She also worked part time in Millets in Newton Abbot which gave her confidence.

"She was a beautiful girl and we are so proud of her."

Mark Woodlock, headteacher of Teign School, said: "Jade was an outstanding student and a delightful young lady. Students and staff at Teign and across the Templer Academy Trust were deeply saddened by her sudden death."

To celebrate Jade's life friends and family let off lanterns on Dartmoor and friends also released balloons in Teignmouth this week.

Her funeral will take place on September 12 at Torquay Crematorium at 2.45pm.

Family flowers only.

Donations are welcome to the intensive care unit at Derriford Hospital.

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