Friends and family of 16-year-old Jasmine Beever from Skegness are raising awareness of a rare condition that took her life after her habit of sucking and chewing her hair proved fatal.
On Thursday, September 7, Jasmine collapsed at Lincolnshire Regional College, where she studied health and beauty and was duly sent home to rest.
She came out in blotches and was later rushed to hospital with Peritonitis (inflammation of the abdominal wall.)
Investigations found that this was due to a giant hair-ball that had lodged in the stomach and had become infected – damaging her vital organs.
Sadly, Jasmine, who had only attended her grandad’s funeral days earlier, passed away later in the evening.
In response to the family’s tragic double loss, the Skegness community has come together to support a just-giving page:
set up by one her best friends, Billie-Jo Ashwell.
“Anyone that knew Jasmine knew what a Wonderful, Caring girl she was.
She had a real zest for Life. There was never a gloomy face around Jaz because she would go out of her way to make you smile. Even people she didn`t know. She would always offer a helping hand for anyone that was struggling or offer her shoulder and a hug to anyone that was having a bad day”.
“The heartbreak this family has endured in such a short time is understandably gut wrenching, so I have decided to raise funds for the family to try and unburden some of the financial strain at such a sad time”, she continued.
Adding: “Jasmines’ motto in life was: ‘Sometimes one act of kindness is all it takes to give someone hope again’, How very true”, added Billie.
And as well as auctions and various fundraising events in the town, money raised has shot into the thousands and news of the rare condition has spread globally with Fox News of America also covering the story.
This prompted a very generous donation from a gentleman in Ohio, called Kurt Deimer, who donated a sum of £2,000.
“I am happy to help the family. Nobody deserves to go through this. I will have Jasmine and what she went through in my heart forever”.
This video produced by online news site: www.informoverload.com highlights the issue, but Jasmines condition was never diagnosed as ‘Rapunzel Syndrome’ and she did not suffer from any severe learning difficulties:
Mother of Billie and friend of Jasmines family, Donna Marshall, who has opened up her Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/donna.marshall.9693) to the public to gather money for the cause from auctioning items commented:
“Skegness is a community that is unbreakable in a crisis and I am extremely proud to be amongst some of the very best”.
The just giving page stands at £3,417 and is still open for the next 20 days and auctioning of items is set to cease in the next week or two and will raise total funds to over £4,000.
Jasmines funeral will take place on Tuesday, September 26, at Alford Crematorium, with a wake to follow at the Highwayman in Skegness.
Jasmines family would like to thank everyone for all their kind donations, no matter how small and messages of support in helping them cope at this very sad time.