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  Bullying claim after schoolgirl's death
Updated 28 November 2001, 12.19

A schoolgirl who donated bone marrow to save the life of her sister four years ago has died after taking an overdose of painkillers.

Elaine Swift, 15, earlier underwent a liver transplant operation in Newcastle upon Tyne after allegedly attempting suicide.

Bullying


Elaine's father says she was the victim of abuse by other pupils. He has reported the bullying incident to police.

Bill Jordon, headteacher of Elaine's school in Hartlepool, expressed his deep sadness following his pupil's death.

'Tragic event'

He said: "This is tragic news and our thoughts go out to Elaine's family at this very sad time."

He said the school had "stringent policies" to deal with the problem of bullying.

In 1997 Elaine was featured in newspapers and on TV when she underwent a bone marrow transplant to help her younger sister Christine, who was diagnosed with leukaemia.


 
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