Sunderland family devastated by death of brave woman who battled against the odds

Faye Noble and her sister Natalie Noble on Natalie's wedding day.
Faye Noble and her sister Natalie Noble on Natalie's wedding day.
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A DEVOTED family has been left heartbroken by the death of their beautiful girl.

Faye Noble was just 11 weeks old when she contracted meningitis, which left her severely brain damaged, deaf, blind and in a wheelchair.

Doctors told her devastated parents, Jean and Billy, she would probably die before her first birthday, but she battled on, overcoming one problem after another, including several bouts of pneumonia, blood poisoning and having an operation to put metal rods in her back.

However, last week, at the age of 23, Faye suddenly became ill and suffered a fatal cardiac arrest.

Jean, 48, who lives in Dunelm, Barnes, said: “Faye was always smiling. She was beautiful, a breath of fresh air.

“She was the centre of the family and she brought everyone, family and friends much closer together.

“She taught us a lot more than we could ever have taught her.”

Faye’s sister, Natalie Graham, 27, said she believes it was the devotion of her whole family, especially her mum and dad, who cared for Faye without outside help, which gave her sister the strength to battle on.

Natalie, a midwife, said: “She was so well loved and cared for and I do believe that’s why she survived all her illnesses.”

Despite Faye, a former Portland College pupil, needing 24-hour care, both Jean and 50-year-old electrician Billy have always worked, organising shift patterns so one of them was always at home to look after Faye and her little brother, six-year-old Elliott.

Jean said: “We just got on with things like any other family. She was our child, so we wanted to be the ones to care for her, so wherever we went, she went, like any other family.

“We just tried to give her as normal a life as we could.

“She liked going on holiday and especially loved being in the sun. She was also a bit of a flirt and definitely liked the boys.”

Faye’s family said she was loved by everyone who met her and they have been touched by hundreds of messages of sympathy and flowers.

Jean thanked everyone for their care and support, including staff at Scollen and Wright funeral directors who, she said, had helped make planning Faye’s funeral so much easier to bear.

A service will take place on Monday at St John’s Methodist Church in Ashbrooke at 12.45pm and bright colours are to be worn in celebration of Faye’s life.

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