Teenage girl died after appendix operation

Parents Tracy and Stan Foskett with a picture of Victoria Katie Harrison, 17, who died after a routine operation at Kettering General Hospital

Parents Tracy and Stan Foskett with a picture of Victoria Katie Harrison, 17, who died after a routine operation at Kettering General Hospital

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Tributes have been paid to a popular teenager following her shock death after a routine appendix operation.

Victoria Katie Harrison, who lived in Wellingborough, died on August 16 after an operation was carried out at Kettering General Hospital.

She was 17 years old.

Tor, as she liked to be known, attended Sir Christopher Hatton School in Wellingborough and was studying to become a hairdresser and nail technician at EYS College in the town.

Her mum and step-father Tracy and Stan Foskett, of Irthlingborough, and her brother and sister Sarah-Louise and James Harrison, are still struggling to come to terms with her death, but they wanted to publicly pay tribute to the “special teenager”.

They spoke about Tor’s ambition to have a career in hairdressing and her desire to become a mum. She was engaged to Ashley Warner.

Mrs Foskett said: “She was such a lovely girl. Everyone called her their best friend. She was loved by so many people and she was so popular.

“We are such a close family. We did so much together. She was my best friend – I even go to call her sometimes now. We never went anywhere without each other.”

More than 300 people attended Tor’s funeral service at the United Reform Church in Wellingborough on September 17, and about 200 people walked behind the horse and cart carrying her coffin on the way to Doddington Road Cemetery.

She was buried in a pink coffin, wearing her beloved onesie and with a snickers bar, a copy of 50 Shades of Grey and her reading glasses.

Mr and Mrs Foskett wished to thank Tor’s close friends; Chloe Rachaal, Lauren Jeff and Tash Beedly, for their support in since their daughter’s death. They also wanted to thank her friend Mitesh Patel, who read at Tor’s funeral service.

Mrs Foskett added: “Her friends have really helped us. They all leave messages on the Facebook tribute page every day, which has helped.

“I don’t ever want her to be forgotten.”

Kettering General Hospital’s chief executive, Lorene Read, said: “The Trust can confirm it is investigating the circumstances surrounding the unexpected death of a patient following an operation at the hospital on August 15.

“We have been working closely with the family of this patient and with the authorities to ensure a thorough investigation into the matter is made prior to an inquest. We cannot comment further at this point.”

A police spokesman said: “An inquest has been opened and adjourned by the coroner and we are waiting for a date to be fixed. An investigation is currently ongoing.”