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Byline: By CHRIS BECKETT South Wales Echo The South Wales Echo is a daily newspaper distributed in south Wales. It was founded in 1884 and is based in Thomson House, Cardiff city centre. It is published daily, in a tabloid form, by Media Wales Ltd (formerly Western Mail & Echo Ltd), part of the Trinity Mirror group.  

Sandra McJennett died at the University Hospital of Wales University Hospital of Wales (referred to locally as "the Heath" or UHW), opened in 1971, is situated on the outskirts of central Cardiff, Wales.

It is also the third largest University Hospital in the United Kingdom providing 24 hour Accident & Emergency and various
 on Christmas Day. CLAIRVOYANT Sandra McJennett was known by people all over the world and will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

The grandmother of 10 from Lavernock Road in Penarth had been on a life-support machine for eight weeks. She died on Christmas Day with her four daughters by her bedside.

Although she fought a courageous battle she died from severe acute pancreatitis acute pancreatitis Inflammation of the pancreas of abrupt onset, often with gallstones and alcohol ingestion Epidemiology 109,000 hospitalizations, 2251 deaths–US; 10-fold ↑ from 1960s to 1980s–reason unclear;  caused by a gall stone blocking her pancreatic duct pancreatic duct
The excretory duct of the pancreas, extending through the gland from tail to head, where it empties into the duodenum. Also called Wirsung's canal.

Sandra's death has been the third such tragedy to touch the family in eight months. In April, daughter Ruth suffered a full-term still birth to son Joseph.

Four months later, Sandra's husband of more than 42 years, Keith, a teacher at Mary Immaculate School in Ely, also died. He had been battling secondary bowel cancer but died in August from a heart attack. Sandra had been healing her husband, and their daughters believe this prolonged his life for two- and-a-half years.

Sandra was laid to rest yesterday. Paying tribute to their mother, her daughters Jane, Sarah, Ruth and Laura remembered their 'best friend'.

Ruth said: 'Mum had a good sense of humour Noun 1. sense of humour - the trait of appreciating (and being able to express) the humorous; "she didn't appreciate my humor"; "you can't survive in the army without a sense of humor"
sense of humor, humor, humour
 and was always making people laugh. She was just a normal person.

Jane said: 'She was good at what she did and believed what she had was a gift and she used it to help people's lives. People would come to her to make business decisions.

'We're going to miss her more than anyone. Mum was our best friend and she classed us as her best friends.

'We used to see her everyday. We know we were very much loved and supported. We feel really glad mum was our mum.

'She really made the most of her life and we're devastated she died. While we were determined to keep her, mum and dad were destined to be together.

'She had eight operations and complications with internal bleeding. These huge setbacks were making it impossible for her to get better. Mum was known worldwide and will be missed by an awful lot of people.'

The family would also like to thank staff at the critical care unit at the University Hospital of Wales. Sarah added: 'The staff were wonderful, they did everything in their power.'

Laura said: 'Mum was always pleased to see us even though she must have been in excruciating pain. She was really amazing. We are all proud of her.'
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 13, 2004
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