Family 'forever broken' as Co Down girl Kodi Brown (11) dies after battle with brain tumour
The family of Co Down girl Kodi Brown have spoken of their devastation after she passed away.
The 11-year-old has died after a lengthy battle with a brain tumour.
Kodi was from Killinchy and had been a pupil at Killinchy Primary School.
Her mum Gemma said that the family were "forever broken" by the loss of the "quick-witted and vivacious" child.
Last year the family launched a fundraising campaign to send Kodi for pioneering treatment in Germany.
Gemma shared her grief in a post on the 'Kodi's Krew' Facebook page.
"The most beautiful soul is now free from the most brutal disease," she wrote.
"My precious little girl, not only my daughter but one of the best friends I have ever had.
"I was blessed and honored to be her mummy for 11 short years. The light, the joy and the motivation she brought into my life and to so many others will leave an agonising void.
"She made me proud in abundance. Her ability to converse with people of all ages was remarkable. Quick-witted and vivacious, she could captivate her audiences with compelling stories of her own experiences and those from her dazzling imagination.
"Her mothering compassionate nature led her to help those troubled or in need and she was often courageous in doing so, especially with being so sensitive herself.
"The joy she got from giving radiated from her eyes and her majestic smile.
"If Kodi loved you, you knew. She expressed her love openly to her family and friends daily, which is a quality I deeply admired and in her last weeks she used all her strength to tell us.
"Her favourite time of year was undoubtedly Christmas because it brought all her loved ones together.
"Our family and our community has lost a little hero with so much goodness to offer the world, if only her future had not been denied.
"Why I have been spared and not her will always burden me.
"The overwhelming pain I feel from losing the greatest gift of a daughter and to no longer be able to help her achieve her dreams, aspirations and all the special milestones I expected to experience with her will haunt me each day until I am called to be her mummy again.
"For now, my darling son and I must find a way to live on through the pain.
"The power of love - We are forever broken."
Kodi became ill while playing at a friend's house in February of last year.
She was rushed to hospital and diagnosed with a viral infection and given antibiotics, antivirals and anti-seizure medication.
After spending three weeks in hospital she returned home to continue her recovery, but the seizures continued.
She had an MRI scan in May and her family were devastated to discover that the swelling around her brain had not gone down.
After four more weeks in hospital, Kodi was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
She travelled to Germany to undergo pioneering immunotherapy last summer.
Kodi is survived by mum Gemma, dad Andy and brother Blake.
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