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Tributes as classroom assistant Shauna McSorley (20) is buried - 'no understanding what happened her'

Tributes have been paid to a young woman who passed away a week after being admitted to hospital in Co Derry.

Shauna McSorley (20) who was said to be in "the prime of her life," was admitted to Altnagelvin Hospital just over a week ago before her death last Thursday.

According to the Irish News, she had undergone hundreds of blood tests but mourners at her funeral heard there is still "no understanding why or what happened her".

The classroom assistant at Gaelscoil Leim in Co Derry was buried on Wednesday following a service in her hometown of Dungiven.

Parish priest Father Seamus Kelly said that "it was so unfair that a beautiful young girl in the prime of her life is today leaving the world".

A former pupil at St Patrick's College in Dungiven, Shauna had completed an Irish diploma at Magee University and also achieved a beauty qualification.

Father Kelly told mourners: "I don't think I should be here this morning. You should not be here this morning. Shauna should be at her work in the Gaelscoil.

"We still have no understanding why or what happened her health in so short a time... she had many dreams to fulfil.

"Nothing can prepare us for death when it comes so suddenly... she achieved so much in her 20 short years."

An Irish language enthusiast Shauna had been studying for an Irish degree at Ulster University.

Gaelscoil Leim an Mhadaidh principal Charmaine Deery said "kids at the school saw her as a big sister".

She said: "She was an absolutely brilliant assistant, always smiling and happy to help. She had a brilliant way with the children and a great sense of humour.

"A lot of kids saw her as a big sister and she was only 20-years-old so I think she knew what it was like to be a big kid at heart."

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