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Grieving parents urge asthma care
Victoria Warneck died at the age of 14
Victoria Warneck died at the age of 14
The parents of a 14-year-old County Down girl who died from an asthma attack are calling for more to be done to raise awareness of the illness.

Victoria Warneck died in her Bangor home after suffering a chronic attack.

Her father, Stephen, said too many people do not take the illness seriously enough.

"We knew that she could die from it, we knew that," he said. "But we never, ever thought she would die from it, never in our wildest dreams."

He said he and his wife, Allyson, had put the possibility of a fatal attack to the back of their minds, as they did not want to disrupt their child's life.

They said more needed to be done to help people with asthma.

Stephen Warneck said he never thought asthma would kill his child
Stephen Warneck said he never thought asthma would kill his child

"Nothing will bring our daughter back.. but if we can prevent another death, then we are doing something," said Stephen.

The Department of Health recently announced it was investing 3m in a strategy to help people with respiratory conditions, including asthma.

The lobby group, Asthma UK, said more than 150,000 people have asthma in Northern Ireland - 35, 000 of them are children.

It said admissions to hospital for asthma in Northern Ireland were "significantly higher" than in the rest of the UK and on average, 44 people die each year from the condition.


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