A young mum has tragically died after a ‘migraine stopped her heart beating’, her family said.
Nurse Laura Burns, 32, suffered with headaches all of her life according to her brother, Andrew Brooker.
But in the early hours of Sunday morning, Laura awoke complaining of a crippling migraine.
Suddenly, the mum-of-one lost consciousness and went into cardiac arrest.
Paramedics attempted to resuscitate Laura at her home in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, but despite their best efforts she couldn’t be revived and suffered "catastrophic" brain damage.
She was rushed to Antrim Area Hospital, where she practised as a nurse, and was placed on life support.
However, on Monday, she sadly died after her family made the heartbreaking decision to switch off her life support machine, Belfast Live reported.
She leaves behind a young son, Lorcan, and her husband Keelan.
Andrew said: “In the early hours of Sunday, Laura was at home in bed with Lorcan when she suffered a migraine, something she had lived with since her teenage years but this time sadly it caused her to pass out and her heart to stop beating.
“She was taken to Antrim Area Hospital where she bravely fought on while on life support under the devoted care of the medical and nursing staff of ICU.
“At lunchtime on Monday however, the strain on Laura’s body became too much and we had to take the heartbreaking decision to take her off life support.
"Laura passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family shortly after.”
Now, her family and friends are fundraising for a number of causes close to her heart.
Those are, the ICU at Antrim Area Hospital and the Buddy Bear Trust, a charity that works with those affected by cerebral palsy, which Lorcan was diagnosed with shortly after his birth.
He added: “Through our heartbreak, we are asking friends and family to donate here in her memory to help support the Buddy Bear Trust that has helped and supported Laura, Keelan and Lorcan so much.
“We will also be sharing your donations with the Intensive Care Unit that did all they could to try to save Laura and cared for her so well in her last hours she was with us.”
Laura was nursing manager of the direct assessment unit in Antrim hospital, where she was much-loved.
Andrew said: "In spite of all the additional care needs that Lorcan required, she returned to work as the ward manager of the Direct Assessment Unit, a unit which under her stewardship would become an acclaimed example of patient care and hospital modernisation.
"Not one for resting on her laurels, and wanting to continue her learning and development, she was due to side step from her ward managers post and start in a new temporary nurse practitioner role on PTU ward on Monday 10 December.
"Sadly it was a role she wouldn’t get the chance to start."
Laura’s funeral service and celebration of life will take place on December 14.
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