Family heartbroken as girl, 12, dies after complaining of headaches

A family from Wales of a little girl who died after being diagnosed with a brain tumour have spoken in an emotional tribute about their 12-year-old daughter who was days away from becoming a teenager.

Tiarna Mitchell, from Cardiff, has been described as a “funny, caring, sassy superstar” who “fought every single day with a smile and a laugh” despite having to go through operations, scans and medication.

Last year, Tiarna’s family told WalesOnline, she had been taken to the doctor after complaining of headaches. After undergoing tests, she was diagnosed with a brain tumour and given only 18 months to live.

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Tiarna died on May 27 after battling a diffuse midline glioma, the second most common type of primary high-grade brain tumours in children.

The family said: “Tiarna stayed her sassy, caring self until the very end, refusing to let the horrible disease take away her amazing personality.”

They added a heartfelt tribute: “She taught us all the true meaning of bravery, and how to live life to the very fullest even with a short amount of time. We as a family are so very proud of how Tiarna gracefully fought every single day with a smile and a laugh. She will forever be our family’s inspiration.”

Earlier this year, the charity Dreams and Wishes put a smile on her face by organising staff from infamous restaurant, Karen’s Diner, to visit her by her hospital bed.

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To raise awareness of the life-changing disease, the family wants to make others aware of the conditions and symptoms of brain tumours.

They advised: “If you have any symptoms, like headaches, please go and see your GP. If Tiarna’s story helps someone else, it will be one of the blessings that come from this heartbreaking time.”

Tiarna’s funeral takes place on July 27 at St Albans Church in Cardiff, following a horse and carriage procession.

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