Apryl Scorer, from Buckinghamshire, was on holiday at a campsite in the south of France when she collapsed and died. Apryl was suffering from a ‘lethal’ undiagnosed heart condition
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A teenager who died on a holiday has been described as “incredibly unlucky.”
Apryl Scorer, 16, from Buckinghamshire, was on holiday with her family in the south of France at a campsite they had stayed at every summer for years when she collapsed and died in April last year.
Although her friend believed she was just “tipsy”, no one could revive her an hour later and she tragically died.
An inquest has heard that Apryl had an undiagnosed heart condition which went on to cause her death. A coroner has urged her family members to undergo tests in case the condition is genetic.
The inquest heard that Apryl had spent the hours before her death in the swimming pool, enjoying a family BBQ before having a few drinks at the bar with her grandmother and watching a football match.
The teenager, from the UK, had made a group of friends at the campsite after holidaying there for years and had strolled to the beach with them before heading to the bar where she became “visibly unwell.”
Assistant coroner Nicholas Graham told Buckinghamshire coroner’s court: “Her friend left the bar with her as she had increasing difficulties speaking and became unable to walk.
“She sat down 30 metres from the campsite and vomited. She was barely conscious and was placed in the recovery position.
“A patrol car saw the two girls by the roadside and at 2.56am the French fire brigade took over her care.
“Despite the intervention she was unable to be revived.”
Although Apryl had been described as being “tipsy”, a toxicological report on her body found she had a low alcohol level at the time of her death.
Mr Graham added; “In the toxicology there was nothing to suggest the blood alcohol level was high at all, yet the evidence from investigators suggested she was exhibiting behaviour which may have been because she was drinking.
“Equally it could have been the effects of her heart condition. I do not think alcohol played a part in the death at all. It was just incredibly unlucky that the circumstances arose that evening.
“That is not to say that it could not have happened at any time.”
Thirteen members of Apryl’s friends and family were present during the inquest where the coroner recommended that her family take a genetic test to ensure the same fate could not happen again.
A post-mortem examination found the teen had a potentially “lethal” pre-existing heart condition.
In an emotional statement, Apryl’s mother, Nikki, said: “She was pretty and had lots of friends. She excelled in drama, music and sport and she was not bad academically, but that was superficial.
“She was so much more than that, she was kind, she was always singing and never stopped talking, even imitating her dad’s dodgy accent. Apryl rarely had a bad word to say about anyone.”
A GoFundMe page set up after Apryl’s death raised almost £10,000 to pay for funeral costs.