Raimes, Edinburgh Evening News
have spoken of their heartbreak after finding their two-year-old girl dead
in bed in circumstances chillingly similar to a previous incident which
had left her severely disabled. On both occasions Siobhan Boyle was discovered
in a serious condition in her cot within weeks of a routine vaccination.
December she was found "blue and not breathing" in her cot by
her mother Charmaine Boyle. All efforts to resuscitate her failed and a
post-mortem did not reveal the cause of death. Mrs
Boyle and her husband Craig, from Dreghorn, today paid tribute to their
"darling angel princess", who was a twin. The
circumstances of Siobhan's death mirrored an incident when she was nine
weeks old, which left her paralysed, deaf, blind and epileptic. Mr and Mrs
Boyle believe their daughter's disabilities were brought on by a whooping
cough jag Siobhan was given two weeks before she nearly died as a baby,
though they were told at the time it was not the cause.
25, said: "We had huge reservations because she had a bad cold but
the doctors told us it would be fine. A couple of weeks later we found her
cot covered in bile. We rushed her to the hospital but she passed away for
five minutes and oxygen couldn't get to her brain. From then on, our once
happy and smiley baby wasn't able to move, see or hear."
added: "Just two weeks before Siobhan died we took her for a swine
not saying that injection had anything to do with what happened but the
pattern was the same; I went to check on her in her cot and she was blue
and not breathing. To experience this twice was horrific." Experts
say the swine flu vaccine, approved by the World Health Organisation and
licensed by European authorities, is safe. Siobhan, an identical twin to
Rhianne and sister to Sinead, 5, died at 1:30am on 30 December. While
a post-mortem did not reveal a cause of death the couple are hopeful that
blood test results due in a couple of weeks will shed light on what happened.
Siobhan's severe brain damage meant she was paralysed throughout her lifetime
and had to be fed through a tube connected to her stomach.
could not tell whether she was aware of her surroundings but the couple
are certain Siobhan knew who they were. Mr
Boyle, 25, said: "She knew her mum and dad. She would almost always
settle down when she cried if we were around."
added: "We would sit Siobhan next to her sisters and they had a good
time playing with her. It wasn't much of a life for her, but we made it
the best we could."
the toddler's young sisters do not fully grasp the situation, Mrs Boyle
said she had explained that Siobhan was "dancing with the angels".
The couple are now putting a memory box together for their daughter, which
they will display at her pink-themed funeral at South Queensferry Cemetery
on 12 January. They are also set to collect donations for Ward 7 of the
Sick Children's Hospital. Mr Boyle said: "Siobhan's life was difficult
but we would not change it. We will always remember our darling princess."