Tributes as girl, 19, dies

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A distraught dad has spoken of his heartbreak at the sudden death of his teenage daughter.

Maria Mosqueda, 19, a former Wellfield High School pupil, is believed to have suffered anaphylactic shock in hospital after having an adverse reaction to antibiotics.

Her father Jose, 62, described Maria as a “wonderful daughter who was always laughing and smiling” as hundreds of friends paid moving tributes on a social networking site.

He said: “It is just not fair that a 19-year-old with all her life in front of her should just die in this way.

“Maria was such a friendly, caring and considerate person. She was a wonderful daughter.”

Scores of people turned out to pay their respects at Maria’s funeral at St Leonard’s Church in Penwortham, on Friday, which was followed by a burial at Hill Road cemetery.

Jose said: “We asked mourners to wear bright clothes to the funeral if they wanted, as Maria was a very colourful person.

“I still cannot believe she has gone, and am finding it very difficult to come to terms with.”

He said Maria was healthy until a couple of years ago when she suffered repeated nose bleeds.

She was diagnosed with lupus, a condition where the body’s immune system starts to attack healthy cells, tissue and organs.

Jose, of Charnock Avenue, Penwortham, said: “Maria had been at the Chorley and South Ribble Hospital for about a month before her death and doctors were just keeping an eye on her.

“Then one night myself and her mother got a phone call telling us to get to the hospital straight away.

“When we got there, we were told Maria had had an anaphylactic shock, caused by an adverse reaction to antibiotics.

“She was transferred to the Royal Preston Hospital and the next thing she was in intensive care and then she died.”

A spokesman for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said: “We have not had contact from Maria’s family but would encourage them to contact us if they wish to discuss any aspect of the care and treatment she received.”