Described as a “beautiful soul”, Kailah May was recently diagnosed with epilepsy and was told by doctors not to swim because it would put her at risk
A young girl was found dead in her family pool just weeks after being diagnosed with epilepsy.
Kailah May, 19, was spotted by her brother Marley in a swimming pool at the family home in Darwin, Australia, on Monday afternoon.
According to the teen’s grandmother, Judy, it was Marley who spotted his sister “floating face down in the water.”
“He was screaming for his mother, who said it was the most bloodthirsty sound in the world,” she said.
Despite the family’s best efforts and parades to resuscitate Ms. May at the scene, she tragically died.
The teenager had recently been diagnosed with epilepsy and was reportedly told by doctors not to swim in the pool as it would put her at risk.
But Judy explained that her granddaughter always loved the water and was reluctant to heed the warning.
“How do you deny someone their freedom when they love something so much?” she told 360 radio.
Judy described her granddaughter as a “beautiful soul” who impacted the lives of many in the local community.
Ms May’s father was working in the mines when he received the devastating news that his daughter had died.
With no flights available, a neighbor drove five hours to pick him up so he could return to his heartbroken family.
The teenager was a promising football star and many clubs made statements after her death.
South Darwin Rugby League Football Club said: “Rest peacefully beautiful girl who will be greatly missed by all who have had the privilege of knowing such a talented young lady.”
Ms May’s family said they will remember her as a “beautiful girl who loved things like sunrises, sunsets, the beach and the pool. She was a beautiful soul.”
The family set up a GoFundMe page to pay for the funeral and support the family at this difficult time.
They said: “The family is hurt beyond words and we will all be missing a piece forever.
“Anyone who has had the privilege of knowing Kailah would say that she had a beautiful light emanating from her.
“She loved her family with all her heart and soul and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
“We created this GoFundMe page to support Kailah’s sweet farewell and also to help the family through this heartbreaking time.”
As of June 4th, $23,000 (£18,500) had been raised.
Domino’s Pizza in Palmerston also helped raise money for the May family through a “doughraiser” event.
In a post on Facebook, the pizza restaurant said: “As you may have seen, Domino’s Palmerston, Karama, Casuarina, Coolalinga and Darwin City held a doughraiser on Wednesday to support the May family, a local family who recently welcomed their daughter Kailah in lost in a tragic accident.
“I want to thank the entire Darwin community for doing what we do best and coming together to show their support.
“With your help we have managed to raise more than $6,400 (£3,700) from all five local Domino’s stores to support the May family and alleviate some of their financial burden at this extremely difficult time.
“A portion of the funds will also be donated by the May family to Epilepsy Australia in honor of Kailah.
“Thank you again for helping us make a difference.”
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