Par­ents give thanks for ‘beau­ti­ful girl with a heart of gold’

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - BY LIND­SEY HAMIL­TON

A BEAU­TI­FUL girl whose smile lit up every room is how the par­ents of Mor­gan Christie are go­ing to re­mem­ber their daugh­ter, who has died after eight years of liv­ing with epilepsy.

Mor­gan, 23, who is orig­i­nally from Carnoustie but was liv­ing in the West End of Dundee, couldn’t be roused on the morn­ing of June 6.

Her dev­as­tated par­ents, Heather and Peter Christie, said their daugh­ter’s sud­den death was a re­sult of her con­di­tion.

Speak­ing at their fam­ily home in Carnoustie, the cou­ple – both 52 – said their much-loved daugh­ter had never let her ill­ness get her down.

A for­mer pupil of Kin­loch Pri­mary and Carnoustie High School, Mor­gan had been work­ing as an ar­chiv­ist at Black­ad­ders in Dundee.

Heather, a phar­ma­cist in the An­gus town, said Mor­gan had been di­ag­nosed with epilepsy when she was 15.

She said: “She tried var­i­ous forms of med­i­ca­tion, al­though we couldn’t find one that suited her.

“Her epilepsy was drug-re­sis­tant and she had to spend a fair bit of time in hospi­tal.

“How­ever, Mor­gan re­fused to let her con­di­tion in­flu­ence her life.

“She never played on her con­di­tion and not once looked for sym­pa­thy. She just got on with things.

“She was very stoic and did not want this con­di­tion to con­trol her.

“That was typ­i­cal of her strength of char­ac­ter.

“She was a beau­ti­ful girl with a big smile that lit up every room she went in to.

“She was al­ways smil­ing.

“I think that’s what ev­ery­body will re­mem­ber about her.”

Dad Peter, an en­gi­neer, said Mor­gan had man­aged for so long with her con­di­tion.

He added: “She never let it dic­tate her life, never com­plained and she wanted her in­de­pen­dence.

“Mor­gan also had a heart of gold and a huge so­cial con­science.

“She would do any­thing for any­body. One typ­i­cal story is that she reg­u­larly used to help out a guy she would see sit­ting out­side one of the shops in the West End.

“She would go into the shop and buy things for him he needed.

“This was so like her and the kind of thing she liked to do to help peo­ple.”

Mor­gan’s par­ents said she had been keen to raise aware­ness of how peo­ple should cope if they were with some­one who took an epilep­tic seizure.

Mor­gan pic­tured with her fam­ily – dad Peter, mum Heather and brother Daniel, 13.

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