News

Mystery illness claims Paris, 10

Sathya Sai former principal and teacher Kaye McNaught lights a candle for Paris.
Sathya Sai former principal and teacher Kaye McNaught lights a candle for Paris. Blainey Woodham

A LONE candle threw out a warm glow over a collection of flowers, cards and balloons in the assembly hall at Sathya Sai Primary School this week.

It highlighted the work of students who poured their hearts out in words and through artwork for their "shining light", student Paris Farmer-Foster.

The 10-year-old girl with a "permanent smile" died suddenly on Monday morning following an undiagnosed illness that has left a family shocked and another little girl, Marlie, without her twin sister.

"Everyone loved her," said the school's principal Leelah Boughton.

"We are all in shock.

"She was a shining light, very popular and such a cute and zany character."

On the previous Friday, Paris refereed a netball game and helped a fellow student tie her shoelaces.

That's the kind of kid she was.

Her great grandmother, Jean Morris, said Paris became sick on Saturday.

"It's a mystery," Mrs Morris said.

"Paris was bouncing around my kitchen just two days before.

"She was happy and really full of beans.

"The family is rallying round, but it is such a blow."

Mrs Morris said the family was awaiting results from the coroner so they could find some closure over the tragedy.

Meanwhile, Paris' school mates have shown their love with a message board in the school hall decorated with a self -portrait by Paris, a photo of her, balloons, cards and flowers.

"We are absolutely stumped and shocked," Ms Broughton said.

"Teachers and myself have had to buckle-up and go into support-mode for students, but we are all very, very sad.

"Tuesday was very hard for everyone as we had to tell her friends and classmates.

"We all have such vivid visions of Paris with her beautiful smile.

"She will be greatly missed and remembered with so much love and warmth."

The Daily News contacted Tweed Police who have declined to comment.

A spokeswoman for the Northern NSW Local Health District said the department was unable to make any comment at this stage.

"We extend our condolences to the family and friends for their loss at this very sad time," she said.

Topics:  mystery illness



Man hospitalised after Tweed Heads home invasion

Police.
Photo: Valerie Horton / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Man suffers serious head injuries after Tweed Heads home invasion

Turtles overpower CHS rivals

Tweed River High's boys and girls' touch sides in action

Twed River High Champions.

Single-day tickets on sale for each date of Falls Festival

LAUNCH: The Avalanches' Robbie Chater and Tony Diblasi were the official DJs at the Byron Bay launch of Falls Festival 2016/17.

Find out when is each artist playing this year in Byron Bay

Latest deals and offers

MOVIE REVIEW: War Dogs tells a fascinating true story

Miles Teller and Jonah Hill in a scene from the movie War Dogs.

DARKLY funny film examines the business side of the war on terror.

Marvel-ous: Thor actors visit sick kids at Lady Cilento

Stars of Thor: Ragnarok dropped in on patients at the hospital

Folk singer looking forward to her Gympie Muster debut

Alternative country folk singer Fanny Lumsden will perform at the Gympie Muster.

FANNY Lumsden to serenade new fans with her country hall-style show.

Patti Smith confirmed for Bluesfest 2017

CONFIRMED: US singer Patti Smith performing in Switzerland last year.

Find out who else in the first line up announcement

Angie and Yvie ready to toast The Bachelor on Gogglebox

Angie and Yvie in a scene from the TV series Gogglebox.

ALL the regulars return in TV show about people watching TV.

Morgan Freeman asks: are we alone? Why do humans exist?

Morgan Freeman in Through the Wormhole. Photo: Discovery Science

Question all you thought you knew, on Foxtel.

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m

Guess which Sunshine Coast suburb cracked the million dollar list?

This four-bedroom home at 26 McAnally Dr, Sunshine Beach was for sale for $7 million.

List of Australia's five most-expensive suburbs

Does it get any better than this? Check out this $2M home

LUXURY LIVING: The Coral Cove home built by Steve Coates Constructions that took out the best home over $2 million and the Wide Bay Burnett House of the Year at the Master Builders Wide Bay Burnett Housing and Construction Awards.

Wide Bay's best home is right on our doorstep