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Inquest opened into death of "radiant" Jersey toddler on holiday

Inquest opened into death of

Friday 17 November 2023

Inquest opened into death of "radiant" Jersey toddler on holiday

Friday 17 November 2023

An inquest has been opened into the death of a two-year-old from Jersey, who passed away whilst on a family holiday last month.

The inquest, which aims to understand how an individual came by their death, but does not seek to allocate blame, opened at Morier House this morning.

Advocate Cyril Whelan, acting as Relief Coroner, heard that Isla Rae Sutcliffe passed away from septic shock following a perforated appendix whilst on holiday in Turkey with her family.

She was pronounced dead on the evening of 30 October 2023 at hospital in Turkey.

Police are not treating the death as suspicious.

During a brief hearing lasting less than five minutes, with no family members in attendance, Advocate Whelan approved the release of Isla's body in order for her funeral to take place.

At the conclusion, he adjourned the inquest until a later date to await the outcome of further investigations.

A fundraiser launched in support of Isla's family has so far raised more than £40,000.

Set up by family friend Taylor Kearns, the fundraiser has been supported by over 1,600 people since its launch two weeks ago.


Pictured: A fundraised in memory of the toddler has raised over £40,000 to support her family.

The money will be used to "support Laura Carolan, Ryan Sutcliffe, Karis and their family as they navigate the devastating loss of their beloved two-year-old child, Isla, whilst on a family holiday in Turkey".

"The last thing we want is for them to worry about financial matters while grieving," wrote organiser Taylor on the GoFundMe page.

"Every donation, no matter the size, will go a long way in helping them honour Isla’s memory and give her a dignified farewell."


You can donate to the fundraiser in memory of Isla HERE.

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