Family set to say goodbye to beautiful Sunderland five-year-old Isla Wilkinson who died in her parents’ arms

The family of Sunderland five-year-old Isla Wilkinson will say goodbye to their beautiful little girl at funeral service celebrating her life.

Tuesday, 24th December 2019, 12:56 am
Five-year-old Isla Wilkinson died on Friday, December 6.

Isla Wilkinson, from Plains Farm, died in her parents’ arms on Friday, December 6, just days after falling ill at home.

The Farringdon Primary School pupil had come down with a cough, temperature and sickness and her heart stopped as mum Alex Williams was preparing to take her to hospital on Tuesday, December 3.

Ambulance staff didn’t start her heart again for 20 minutes and she was sedated while her heart and brain mended.

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A family photo including Isla shared by Marcia Hogan-Williams on Go Fund Me

Sadly, on the morning of Thursday, December 5, Isla’s brain started to swell and on Friday, December 6, she was given just hours to live.

The cause of Isla’s death is being investigated.

On Friday, December 20, Isla’s family and loved ones will say goodbye to the beautiful little girl at a funeral service, described as ‘a celebration of Isla’s life’, held at St Mary and St Peter’s Church on Springwell Road.

Isla and big brother Aiden

It follows a Go Fund Me fundraiser set up for Isla which has raised more than £16,000 to support the family's funeral costs so that they can give the much-loved youngster the most beautiful princess-style send-off possible.

The money will also help other families whose children fall ill through The Sick Children's Trust.

The family has thanked the local community for all they support they have received.