Young barista, 20, suddenly dies in her sleep just after she complains of a stomach virus – shows no signs of the disease that killed her
- Amelia Clayton complained about a stomach virus and died two days later
- The 20-year-old barista from Kalgoorlie, WA was remembered as ‘unique’
- Mrs. Clayton had caught meningococci but did not have the corresponding result
A 20-year-old barista who suddenly died after complaining about a stomach virus left a destroyed family behind.
Amelia Clayton, who worked in Kalgoorlie in Western Australia, thought she had a case of gastro on February 1 after developing body aches and vomiting.
She had no rash, and it was only when she died two days later in her bed that she was tragically revealed that she had meningococcal disease.
Amelia Clayton, who worked in Kalgoorlie in Western Australia, thought she had a case of gastro on February 1 after developing body aches and vomiting
“Amelia was unique, quirky and loved the great outdoors,” her mother Geri Bennett said The Western Australian.
Mrs. Clayton is the first person to succumb to meningicoccus this year in Western Australia after 26-year-old accountant Ashleigh Hunter died of the disease in Perth two months ago.
Mrs. Clayton said she felt a little better on Sunday, February 2 and refused when her grandmother, Helen Clayton, offered to call her an ambulance.
She went to bed that night never to wake up. She was discovered the next morning by her grandmother.
“It was quite a shock because I found her at five in the morning. I was going to put a blanket over her and I realized she was gone at that stage, “Mrs. Clayton said.
Mrs. Clayton said that her granddaughter was immunized against the meningioccal B strain but not against the W strain that proved fatal.
Mrs. Clayton did not have a rash and it was only when she died tragically two days later in her bed that it was revealed that she had a case of meningococcal disease
An Amelia family friend has set up a GoFundMe page to help the family cover the expenses.
Starting on Wednesday, more than 95 people donated to the promotion.
“Amelia Clayton a daughter, a granddaughter, a sister, and a friend of so many died suddenly,” wrote Emma McNamara.
“Her family wants to take Amelia home to give her the separation she deserves, unfortunately this is not cheap, so I made this page to help Geri get her beautiful daughter home.”
Vaccines for the virus are available in three types – for meningococci B, for meninigococci C and for meninigococci A, C, W and Y serogroups.
In Australia 12 month old babies and 14 to 16 year old school children can get the A, C, W and Y vaccine for free under the National Immunization Program.
“Amelia Clayton, a daughter, a granddaughter, a sister and a friend of so many died suddenly,” wrote Emma McNamara on GoFundMe