Girl, 8, killed by falling Storm Ellen tree as sister left needing brain surgery

A young girl was killed by a falling tree branch in Storm Ellen in a tragedy which has left her sister needing life-changing brain surgery.

Little Maisy Mayne died when the branch fell on her during the vicious storm on August 21.

The eight-year-old was walking along a footpath with her little sister in Kent when she was fatally struck by the tree and suffered traumatic head injuries.

Her younger sister, Isla, was left with terrible injuries after the tree crashed on top of the little girls, and was airlifted to Kings College Hospital.

The police revealed she suffered serious injuries, reports Kent Live.

Winds reached speeds of up to 60mph around the time of the tragedy and a Met Office issued a yellow weather warning.

Devastated parents Andrew and Nicole Mayne revealed Isla had to undergo life-saving brain surgery following the tragic accident.

The family have now set up a fundraising drive for charities which supported them.

The memorial to Maisy credits Kent Air Ambulance and Kings Hospital for saving the life of Isla, who needed brain surgery.

The post states: "In loving memory of Maisy Elizabeth Susan Mayne who was tragically taken on 21 August 2020, aged eight years.

"Our Maisy, our beautiful girl and amazing big sister to William and Isla.

"We will miss you so, so much darling xxxx

"We have set up these charities to donate to because the Kings hospital saved Isla's life after needing brain surgery from this tragic accident. The air ambulance for treating her at the scene and getting her to the hospital.

"The Rhys Daniels charity have given us a place to stay right by the hospital so we can be with Isla whilst she recovers.

"All of these are amazing charities and without them we'd have lost both our girls."

So far, Maisy's appeal has raised more than £6,000 for the charities.

Many people have left messages of support for the family underneath the appeal.

One woman wrote: "We’re so sorry for your loss and what you’re all going through.

"This is a small thank you for the help given to Maisy & Isla."

Another said: "I am so very sorry for your loss of beautiful Maisy.

"I didn't know you or your family, but from one parent to another, I send love. Sending love to Isla too and wish her a speedy recovery."

If you would like to donate to Maisy's appeal, you can do so here.

An inquest into Maisy's death is expected to be heard in November.

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