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Girl,18 dies after Xmas Eve unaware she had terminal cancer

R.I.P: Ellie Walsh (Photo credit: BPM Media)

A YOUNG teenage girl, died on an operating table just days after celebrating Christmas Eve and unaware that she had terminal stomach cancer.

Ellie Walsh died after suffering a complication during a surgical procedure to remove a tumour from her stomach.

According to the Daily Mail, the growth had been detected five weeks earlier following a scan, but the 18-year-old aspiring lawyer and her family had no idea how serious her condition was at the time.

Doctors had decided to remove the tumour on December 27 after she fell ill, but it was only after Ellie's death on the operating table did they grasp its full extent - with medics telling her family she would likely have died a few months later anyway.

Her mother Emma Walsh, 37, from Lincolnshire, said she never got the chance to properly say goodbye.

'We didn't realise just how ill Ellie was. She had tummy pains for a few years and then about five weeks ago, a scan showed she had a tumour', she said.

“We have been going to the doctors since 2014 as she has lost a lot of weight and had bad pains in her side but it was always passed off and she was given paracetamol.

HAPPIER TIMES: Ellie with friends (Photo credit: BPM Media)

“She died during the operation but before she went in [for the operation] I told her I loved her and that I would see her later.

“When they told me I was in shock and my head went into a spin. You could see they were upset but they did all they could.

"I wouldn’t wish that on anybody though.”

The teen had just started a new job as a permanent receptionist, after impressing as an apprentice at law firm Burton and Co in Lincoln.

Walsh said: "She was quite a private person and had a small group of friends, but they have stuck by her all the way through school.

"They loved partying and even though Ellie was usually quiet, she would talk to anyone on a night out.

"I am taking comfort from the fact Ellie got to do all the things she wanted to do as had she had known, she wouldn't have enjoyed herself as much."

Doctors believe that even if Ellie's operation had been a success she may have only had a few months left to live.

"Ellie was so kind and funny. She was a great sister and daughter', said Walsh. |She had a great sense of humour but was so brave. I will miss her forever."

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