Girl, 11, who died after falling ill at school is named as funeral is held

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Fahima Rabbani, 11, fell ill at Moat Community College in Highfields, Leicester, on October 12 and died in hospital days later. The youngster was laid to rest in the city on Tuesday.

Trained counsellors have been supporting children at the school since, Leicestershire Live reports.

Speaking after the tragedy, school principal Brian Killeen said: “Everyone at Moat Community College is devastated by this tragic event.

“We are in touch with the pupil’s family and our thoughts are with them all at this dreadful time.

“We will be continuing to offer support to our students and staff over the coming days and weeks.

“The city council is providing trained counsellors who have been on site since Thursday morning to offer help to those who need it.

“What caused this tragic event has not yet been established, so it would not be appropriate to comment further at this stage.”

Three paramedics, a crewed ambulance and an air ambulance were despatched to the school when Fahima collapsed.

A spokesman for East Midlands Ambulance Service said: “We received a call at 11.32am on Tuesday, October 12 to Maidstone Road, Leicester.

“The caller reported a medical emergency. We sent three paramedics in ambulance cars, a crewed ambulance and the air ambulance was also in attendance.”

Police said the death was not being treated as suspicious and added a file had been prepared for the coroner.

A spokesman for Leicestershire Constabulary said: “Shortly before midday on Tuesday, October 12 a call was received from the East Midlands Ambulance Service stating an 11-year-old girl had gone into cardiac arrest at a school in Maidstone Road, Leicester.

“Officers attended but sadly the girl died a short time later.

“Her death is not being treated as suspicious and a file has been prepared for HM Coroner.”

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