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The family of two-year-old Wyatt Rose Wheeler have been left devastated after she died suddenly in her sleep – with tributes to the tot pouring in following her shock passing.
The young girl passed away at her home in Duffryn, Newport, in Wales on Friday after suffering a short illness – with parents Laura and Sean, and sisters Layla, 12, and Amelia, nine left heartbroken by the tragedy.
Taking to social media, 31-year-old mum Laura shared the sad news – with many reacting with sympathy and compassion over the tragic illness.
WalesLive reported on the death, explaining that the family have been left distressed after doctors told them on Wednesday that Wyatt was likely to be suffering with tonsillitis and prescribed antibiotics, but she passed away two days later.
Heartbroken mum Laura wrote on Facebook: "Our beautiful two-year-old baby girl passed away in her sleep. She was diagnosed with tonsillitis two days earlier and seemed like she was getting better.
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"We don't have any answers that we sorely need yet, all we know is that life has been so cruel and that we are broken.
"She was so full of love and joy and was the beacon that guided us all home from difficult times to become a family again. I'm not religious but I've never hoped for a heaven more.
"Don't feel the need to say words; I appreciate every single message I receive but all I want is her to be back here with us. This house is full of her and everywhere I turn she's around me. It's heartbreaking but also wonderful. I never want to be without her.
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"Her sisters are devastated and we're doing all we can to keep it together but life is less sweet without her cheeky grin. We love you, Wyatt. Night night, love you."
Family friend Ellie Daniel told WalesLive: "It's so unexpected. On Wednesday, she had been sniffling and it had seemed like a cold for a few days. She seemed to have some difficulty breathing so they took her into the Gwent [hospital] to have her checked over and they said that it looked like tonsillitis.
"They gave her some antibiotics and sent her home and with the antibiotics she seemed to be perking up. On Thursday she was sleeping a lot but she was eating."
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She continued: "It's impossible to get your head around it really and it just doesn't make any sense.
"At the moment they are just surviving, there's a bunch of us doing whatever we can to make sure they don't have to think about anything right now."
Ellie – alongside fellow close family friends Nicola Gilmore, Sam Dabb, Harriet Watkins, Kristy-Ann Standbridge and Becky Charlton – have set up a Crowdfunder appeal to raise funds to help the family through the coming weeks.
The appeal states: "Her family are, of course, devastated by this awful tragedy, and truly broken by this terrible shock.
"In her short time with us, Wyatt touched the lives of so many. The outpouring of grief and love for this wonderful little girl has been overwhelming and humbling.
"Wyatt was a happy, curious, sweet-natured and lovely little girl who was loved fiercely by all who knew her. Words can’t express nor do justice to the joy she brought to all of us and the pain her passing has brought.
"She captured the hearts of those who met her, immediately. Her captivating positivity and joy for life was a pleasure to witness. To know her was to love her, deeply and instantly. Though she is no longer with us, she will forever be loved and missed by so many."
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The appeal continues: "In the face of such a senseless tragedy we have the impossible task of trying to ease their pain in any way we can. The truth is, nothing can make any of this OK, or ease a parent's devastation at the loss of such a treasured child, it feels hopeless and cruel.
"Wyatt should never have been taken away from us. She had her whole life ahead of her, full of promise, and what a beautiful life it would have been.
"We only hope that by this small gesture we can do something to help with the practicalities of the coming months. No one can ever be prepared for something like this, and it’s simply too much to expect a family to even begin to come to terms with what happens next.
"We want to make sure that in the short term, their cupboards are full, their house is warm, that they don’t have to worry about anything at all on top of what they’re already suffering.
"In the longer term we want to make sure that they are able to celebrate Wyatt’s life with a memorial fitting of how truly loved she was. We would give Wyatt the world if we could.
"Wyatt will be forever loved and never forgotten and leaves the world a lesser place without her. Our thoughts, love and unending support are with her family now, and always.
"If you would like to get in touch please email us at [email protected] We are in touch with the family and can pass on any messages or cards etc. As and when they are up to it we will liaise directly with them on your behalf if needed."
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