Tragedy of star pupil who died in her sleep

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A TEENAGER who was about to celebrate finishing her GCSE exams went to bed and never woke up again, an inquest heard.

Just hours before her death, Alex Reid, 16, had been out shopping to buy a dress and jewellery for her school prom.

She baked cup cakes with her sister then went to sleep but was found dead in bed by her GP father the next morning.

The hearing in Rotherham was told the Sheffield High School pupil died suddenly from undiagnosed congenital heart disease.

In a statement Alex’s father John, 52, said she was due to take her last GCSE exam the day she was found dead.

Her results, which were released after her death, showed she had six A stars and four A grades.

Paramedics were called to the family’s home in Common Road, Thorpe Salvin, near Worksop, but Alex could not be revived and she was declared dead.

Pathologist Dr Marta Cohen said “there was nothing to explain her death” last June but she did find the teenager’s right coronary artery was in an abnormal position and higher than it should have been.

She thought on the balance of probabilities the sudden death was from congenital heart disease rather than an abnormal heart rhythm.

Dr Cohen said fatty deposits had built up in the lining of the coronary artery, reducing the blood supply to the heart.

Assistant deputy coroner Mark Beresford said: “She was an intelligent, active and popular girl who enjoyed a wonderful family life and generally good health.”

He recorded a verdict of death by natural causes and told Alex’s mother and father: “It’s a situation which no parent should ever have to face.”

Valerie Dunsford, headteacher at the independent, all-girls Sheffield High School, paid tribute to Alex, saying: “She was a lovely girl, always smiling who excelled at drama and sport and was well-known and liked by all who knew her.”