The death of an eight year old schoolgirl in Twickenham was caused by a playground accident. That is the finding of an inquest at West London Coroner’s Court into the death of Freya James who was a pupil at Trafalgar Junior School. The court heard that Freya fell onto an ornamental railway sleeper after another pupil playing ‘British Bulldog’ accidentally collided with her. The fall ruptured her liver and she died from internal bleeding only hours later at West Middlesex Hospital.

The BBC London website quotes Professor Nigel Heaton, a specialist liver surgeon, as saying that “isolated liver injuries are very difficult to recognise and there would have been little indication of the “catastrophic nature of her injuries””. The incident happened on 14th February this year.

A statement from the family read out in the court said that, “Freya was a breath of fresh air. She was a beautiful girl with a sparkle in her eyes and an intoxicating smile”. The school has created a garden outside her classroom and set up an annual Freya James Prize in her memory.

A sad, sad story. Our condolences go out to Freya’s family and friends.

* BBC News
* Trafalgar School Governors Statement
* Richmond & Twickenham Times