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Mother of Co Down schoolgirl (11) left in `overwhelming pain' after she passes away

Kodi Brown (11) from Killinchy, Co Down passed away earlier this week following a battle with a brain tumour
Marie Louise McConville

The mother of a Co Down school girl who died following a brave battle with a brain tumour has told of the "overwhelming pain" she feels following the loss.

Kodi Brown, who was 11-years-old and from Killinchy, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in June last year after becoming ill while playing at a friend's house.

When her family were told that no curative treatment was available in the UK on the NHS, they set about doing their own research and found a clinic in Germany which offered a pioneering immunotherapy treatment alongside infusion treatments to strengthen the immune system in conjunction with conventional brain tumour treatments.

As costs rose, family and friends rallied to help raise funds to pay for the much-needed treatment.

This week, it was revealed that Kodi had lost her battle and had passed away.

Posting on Facebook on the `Kodi's Krew' page, the 11-year-old's mother, Gemma said her "most beautiful soul" was "now free from the most brutal disease".

She described her daughter as her "precious little girl" who was "not only my daughter but one of the best friends I have ever had.

"I was blessed and honored to be her mummy for 11 short years. The light, the joy and the motivation she brought into my life and to so many others will leave an agonising void.

"She made me proud in abundance".

Gemma added: "Our family and our community has lost a little hero with so much goodness to offer the world, if only her future had not been denied.

"The overwhelming pain I feel from losing the greatest gift of a daughter and to no longer be able to help her achieve her dreams, aspirations and all the special milestones I expected to experience with her will haunt me each day until I am called to be her mummy again.

"We are forever broken".

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