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ME death mother appears in court

Lynne Gilderdale in 2001
Lynn Gilderdale had suffered from ME for about 17 years

A woman charged with the attempted murder of her daughter who had chronic fatigue syndrome has appeared in court.

Kathleen Gilderdale, 54, known as Kay, was arrested at her home in Stonegate near Heathfield, East Sussex and charged on Thursday.

Lynn Gilderdale, 31, who had suffered from ME since the age of 14, was found dead at their home on 4 December.

Magistrates at Brighton granted Ms Gilderdale bail to reappear Lewes Crown Court on 30 April.

Her defence solicitor, Kim Goodall, described her as "someone of immense good character".

In a statement after Ms Gilderdale was charged, her family said she retained their "unconditional support".

Her family said Lynn, who was left paralysed, showed "immense bravery" during her 17-year battle against ME, enduring constant pain and requiring 24-hour care.

She fell ill after receiving a TB vaccination and was diagnosed with ME after suffering from bronchitis, tonsillitis and glandular fever.

The condition, which is also known as chronic fatigue syndrome, left her unable to leave her bed.



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