Schoolgirl, 11, collapses in front of shocked classmates and later dies of brain haemorrhage

Schoolgirl Megan White collapsed during an afternoon lesson and died shortly after of a brain haemorrhage

Schoolgirl Megan White collapsed during an afternoon lesson and died shortly after of a brain haemorrhage

An 11-year-old schoolgirl collapsed during her school lunch break and died shortly afterwards of a brain haemorrhage.

Megan White was laughing and joking with school friends when she suddenly collapsed shortly after lunch.

Staff at All Saints’ Academy, in Cheltenham, immediately called an ambulance on Friday, January 13, and Megan was rushed to hospital.

Doctors soon discovered the haemorrhage and Megan underwent an emergency operation.

But the schoolgirl died the next day at Bristol Children’s Hospital.

Her heartbroken mother Becky White said: 'She’d been happier than usual on the morning of Friday the 13th when she died.

'She was going to a friend’s house for tea after school and texted me at 11.30am not to pick her up.

'Her teachers and friends said she was merry and laughing. Just after lunch she fell poorly immediately and the ambulance came.

'It was instant and quick and the surgeons said she wouldn’t have known anything.'

Her shocked friends have left tributes on Facebook and inundated the family home, in Cheltenham, with cards and bright flowers.

Becky added: 'Children seemed to gravitate to her.

'She was always smiling. She was generous beyond belief and when she went to town she’d buy things for her friends more than she would for herself.

'Megan was beautiful, but never vain – she always thought others were more beautiful.'

said Megan had been particularly good at maths and loved drama as she
was a 'bit of a drama queen'.

She told how Megan would often play dress-up with her younger eight-year-old brother, Harvey, and get him to line-up as a pupil with his collection of teddies playing his

Her father, Simon Keylock-Williams, added: 'Megan had absolutely everything – you don’t often see that in a child. She was generous and caring.'

Judith Price, headteacher of Dunalley Primary School, said: 'Megan was a lovely, bubbly girl who was extremely popular with her classmates and teachers as well.

'It has been very hard to take for those who knew her. We have been offering counselling and support to pupils to help them cope with the news.'

All Saints’ principal, Peter Kingham, added: 'Megan was a very popular student who loved being part of All Saints’ Academy. Megan was bright and cheerful and stood out as an excellent student. She will be missed greatly by all of us.'