A FOUR-YEAR-OLD girl accidentally hanged herself when her bike helmet got caught in a tree she was climbing, an inquest opening heard.
Freya Thorpe was playing near her home with a friend in Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire when the tragedy took place.
The little girl’s helmet is thought to have got caught in a branch during the horrific accident on September 8, coroner Darren Salter told Oxford Coroners’ Court.
A passer-by found Freya, and emergency services scrambled to the scene, but she died at the John Radcliffe Hospital on September 10.
Medical staff at the hospital gave the cause of death as hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy due to accidental hanging, Mr Salter said.
A GoFundMe fundraising page set up to support Freya’s parents, Chris and Elise, and family has raised more than £20,600.
‘BEAUTIFUL LITTLE LADY’
Freya’s mum, Elise, had given birth to twins just weeks before the tot died.
One tribute read: “We are so sorry for your loss. Freya was such a beautiful little lady who brightened up everyone’s day. She will be forever in our hearts.”
Another said: “My thoughts are with the family and friends at such a sad sad time. Dear little Freya went to nursery and school with my grandchildren.”
One wellwisher wrote: “I can’t even begin to imagine what you and your family are going through right now. Stay strong.”
And another posted: “My thoughts are with Elise and her family. Freya was a beautiful little girl and I always remember how you would light up talking about her.
“My heart is broken for you all. I hope those beautiful twins help you through this unbelievably sad time.”
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Last week, Freya’s school, Heyford Park Free School, paid tribute to the tragic schoolgirl, saying “we will always remember her”.
A full inquest into the schoolgirl’s death is scheduled for January 16.
You can contribute to Freya’s GoFundMe page here.
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