An inspirational Padiham teenager who underwent a double lung transplant in August has lost her fight for life.
Brave Hayley Barker (17), who always had a smile on her face, died on Wednesday night with her parents, Lisa and Gary, at her bedside.
A message posted by Lisa on Facebook yesterday morning said: “Hayley went to sleep last night and is now in the loving arms of her grandma.”
Since then hundreds of tributes for Hayley, who had also battled leukaemia and had a bone marrow transplant as a child, have been flooding in from people all over the UK who were moved by her story.
One said: “Rest with the angels sweetheart you were a true inspiration to us all.”
Another wellwisher wrote: “A fighter till the end with the most beautiful smile.”
Someone else said: “I feel so priviledged to have met and known Hayley.”
Hayley had the transplant at Wythenshawe Hospital, in Manchester, on August 9th. She appeared to be making good progress but was struck down with a lung infection which doctors said was difficult to treat. She was moved into intensive care and placed on a ventilator while medics tried different combinations of drugs to help fight the infection.
Even while in hospital Hayley, who her family said always had a smile on her face, was making plans for her 18th birthday next year. She also planned to return to her studies at Burnley College.
Her family had campaigned for more people to join the donor register.
As well as her mum and dad, Hayley leavers sister Leah, brother Leighton and her aunt Kerry Yates.