A TEENAGER whose sister died at just a few months old has asked for donations to be made to the hospice which looked after her for her 17th birthday. 

Megan Morrison, from Renfrew, lost her baby sister Lucy back in 2010 after the tot contracted a rare epilepsy condition called Ohtahara Syndrome.

Lucy was not even six months old when she died at Robin House Children’s Hospice in Balloch, West Dunbartonshire, while Megan had to endure the agony of losing a sibling at the age of eight.

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Megan, along with her other sister Sophie, her mum Nicola and dad Thomas, were supported through their grief by Robin House as they tried to come to terms with the tragedy.

And after realising she had got everything she needed for Christmas last month, the 16-year-old, who turns 17 next Wednesday, decided it was time to give something back to the hospice instead of asking for more presents. 

Megan has begun fundraising for Children’s Hospices Across Scotland, which runs Robin House, and has already raised more than £1,000.

She said: “I wanted to help other families going through similar experiences and I didn’t really need any presents after Christmas, so I thought why not give to other people who do need things.

“I am grateful to Robin House for supporting me and my family through a difficult time. I was so confused about what was going on when Lucy died as I was only eight. ”

Ohtahara Syndrome is usually encountered before three months of age and seizures can happen at any time. 

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Megan Morrison 

Nicola first spotted something was wrong with Lucy when she appeared to have severe hiccups. 

Nine days after returning home from hospital, Lucy was diagnosed with the condition and had to be hooked up to an oxygen tank and feeding tube. Her sister’s also had to learn what to do if she had a seizure.

At just a couple of months old, Lucy was taken to Robin House and, despite efforts to save her, tragically died in September 2010.

Megan added: “Robin House look after children so well and try and make things positive.

“They let us all stay with them for a week after Lucy died and took us on day trips and walks, just to give us some family time. 

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“They always assured my parents they weren’t alone and tried hard for Lucy, even though we knew she was unlikely to live a normal life.”

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