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Our special girl was struck down by a million to one killer; EXCLUSIVE Mum's tribute to tragic illness teen Tanisha.

Byline: By CAROLINE INNES

A TEENAGER who quit college to follow her dream of being a nursery nurse died suddenly after being struck down by a rare condition which affects just one in a million people.

An inquest heard how 17-year-old Tanisha Michelle Goffey died at Fazakerley hospital on October 3 after being rushed in by ambulance after suffering a fit two days earlier.

Tanisha, from Allerton, had been complaining of recurring headaches and had seen her GP in September who diagnosed migraines.

However Dr Jacob Joseph of the Lancashire Teaching Hospital, who carried out the postmortem, said Tanisha's headaches were a sign that blood vessels and the membrane surrounding her brain were slowly swelling, cutting the blood flow.

He said this eventually cut-off the blood supply to her brain completely and she suffered irreversible brain damage.

Today Tanisha's mum Kim Hill and dad Richie Goffey paid tribute to their out-going daughter who they said brought smiles to their faces every single day.

The mum-of-five said: "Every day we celebrate Tanisha's life and look back at all the things she did and smile.

"Shewas more like a best friend than a daughter - a really special girl.

"Really she was just a brilliant girl who was loved by everybody.

"She was training to be a nursery nurse as that was her dream. But to be honest she didn't need formal training as she was just a natural with children.

She could have done it brilliantly without any qualifications.

"When we think about her as a family we all just smile. She was very out-going and happy.

"It has only been eight weeks since she died and we all miss her terribly."

The coroner, Andre Rebello said Tanisha died from cerebral ischemia - lack of blood flow to the brain - a condition which affects just one in a million people. In recording a verdict of natural causes he added that little is known of Tanisha's condition but said it was incredibly rare.

Mr Rebello said: "This is tragic. It can just happen and there seems to be no reason why."

email carolineinnes@liverpoolecho.co.uk

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LOSS: Tanisha Goffey, 17, who died after falling victim to a one in a million illness. Right: Her mum Kim Hill says she was a special girl
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