Fit And Healthy Hockey-Playing Teenager Died Suddenly In Her Sleep

14/08/2014 16:55 | Updated 22 May 2015

Fit and healthy hockey-playing teenager died suddenly in her sleep

A fit and healthy hockey playing teenager died suddenly in her sleep.

Caitlin McCart, 17, had gone to bed as normal with no signs of ill health but woke in the early hours of October 23 feeling unwell.

Her mum Kathleen, 47, let her sleep longer in the morning but then discovered she was not breathing when she later went to wake her.

Caitlin's cause of death is still unknown but her family are awaiting results from further tests.

The teenager, from Bellshill, Lanarkshire, was a star player for Uddingston Ladies Hockey team and regularly led children's training at the popular club.

Her mum and dad, James, 54, paid tribute to their 'special angel'.

Mrs McCart said: "I'm still in complete shock. We all are. Caitlin was a normal, healthy teenager who was really into sports. She went to bed as normal but then was unwell.

"So I stayed in her room with her all night and then in the morning I let her sleep longer.

"I went back in to wake her and couldn't. Everything is a blur, I'm just numb."

Mrs McCart told how she and Caitlin had been enjoying planning her future.

She added: "Caitlin was really the most lovely and genuine person. She was my best friend as well as my daughter.

"The evening before we had spent about two hours writing up an application form for a job in a shop.

"She had just started driving lessons and had booked a holiday to Zante with friends.

"Caitlin had everything to live for and her whole life ahead. I just feel robbed, Caitlin was robbed."

More than 800 friends and family attended Caitlin's funeral at St Joseph's RC Church in Blantyre on October 31.

A service was later held at Holytown Crematorium where her family and friends released more than 200 balloons in her honour.

John McKay, headteacher of Uddingston Grammar where Caitlin had been a popular sixth year pupil and sports ambassador, paid tribute to the teenager.

He said: "Caitlin was a wonderful example of a modern young woman, vibrant, independent, enthusiastic and selfless.

"Caitlin's star shone brightly and illuminated us all. We feel our loss intently however she shines on in our hearts.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time."


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