Mum pays trib­ute after baby dies in tragic ac­ci­dent

Bangor Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Kate Lally

THE 11-month-old daugh­ter of a Bangor Univer­sity stu­dent has died nine days after drink­ing a her­bal oil.

Leila Landim spent more than a week in in­ten­sive care, hooked up to ap­pa­ra­tus to help her breathe, after grab­bing and drink­ing cam­phor oil which is used in chest rubs.

Last week, her 23-year-old mum Jes­sica Landim, from Tox­teth in Liver­pool, de­scribed how she had been at home with Leila and her mum when ev­ery par­ent’s worst night­mare un­folded.

The law stu­dent said: “She started cough­ing in a des­per­ate way – I thought she was chok­ing.

“She was hav­ing mini-seizures, her lips turned blue and re­ally big. Then her tongue was rolling around out of her mouth, and she was only breath­ing ev­ery five to 10 sec­onds.

“There was lots of oil on her cloth­ing. She was foam­ing at thehe mouth, too, andd look­ing through me. I was shak­ing, it’s in­de­scrib­able how you feel I still can’t stand still.”

And she warned other par­ents: “These are house­holdd es­sen­tials, and I don’t n’t think peo­ple re­alise how se­ri­ous it can get – we didn’t.” Jes­sica’s mum to told her Leila had grabbed the oil from the h head of her m mum’s bed, and h had taken it to to­wards her face. S She said she had been told Leila may not have sur­vived even four hours if she had not been put on the life sup­port ma­chine.

Jes­sica had urged any ex­perts with par­tic­u­lar knowl­edge of the ef­fects of in­gest­ing such oils to get in touch. She has now paid trib­ute to her ‘beau­ti­ful baby girl’.

She said: “She had the big­gest smile, and that she isn’t smil­ing now, it’s not right. To me, she’s still alive. She’ll al­ways live – whether it’s just in my heart, she will live on.”

Leila Landim spent more than a week in in­ten­sive care after drink­ing cam­phor oil and (in­set be­low) with mum Jes­sica

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