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Last Updated: Tuesday, 6 March 2007, 16:06 GMT
Child dies after choking on grape
Katie Nicole Williams
Katie was at home when she began having trouble breathing
The two-year-old daughter of a British soldier serving in Iraq has died after choking on a grape.

Katie Nicole Williams choked after the fruit became lodged in her windpipe at her home in Weeton Army Barracks, near Preston, Lancashire.

The toddler was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital where she was pronounced dead last Tuesday.

Her father Simon - a Lance Corporal - was serving with the 2nd Battalion The Rifles in Basra at the time.

L/Cpl Williams, 27, was immediately flown home to be with his wife, Zoe, 33, and Katie's brothers, Guy, 12, Jake, nine, and Joshua, seven.

Katie was a beautiful little girl
Family statement

An inquest into the death was opened and adjourned in Blackpool until a date yet to be fixed.

A statement from the family read: "Katie was a beautiful little girl.

"Whenever we would go to somewhere like the supermarket she would just start to chat to anybody. She was great fun.

"Katie was a daddy's girl and loved nothing better than getting muddy and dirty with her three brothers. Playing with dolls was not for Katie.

"We are obviously distraught at the sudden death of our beautiful daughter but we have taken great comfort from the many kind messages of support that we have received from so many people."

L/Cpl Williams was based at the Shaat al Arab Hotel in the Iraqi city.

The brief inquest, before deputy coroner Michael Woosnam, heard a Home Office pathologist recorded the cause of death as asphyxia and inhalation of a grape.

The youngster had suffered from asthma, the inquest was told.

A private funeral for Katie will be held on Thursday.


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