16-year-old tragically dies from extremely rare illness after eating her own hair
A teenage girl has lost her life after eating her own hair, when an infected hairball turned unexpectedly deadly.
16-year-old Jasmine Beever died of a sudden case of peritonitis, an inflammation of the peritoneum (a thin layer of tissue inside the abdomen), a bacterial or fungal infection brought on by an infected hairball lodged in Beever's stomach.
Back on September 7, Beever suddenly fell ill while at college, and as soon as she got home, she went straight to bed. Almost immediately, the teenager broke out in blotchy red skin, and immediately rushed to a nearby hospital. She was initially resuscitated, staying conscious for around 15 minutes before tragically passing away.
Beever suffered from compulsive hair-eating, an impulse-control disorder known as trichotillomania or Rapunzel Syndrome, and on this occasion, Beever's condition turned deadly. She contracted peritonitis in her stomach, causing an ulcer to form. That ulcer then burst, damaging her vital organs and leading to her tragic passing.
Michelle Shaw and David Beever, Jasmine Beever's parents, thanked everyone for their kindness following Beever's death, saying: "We are extremely upset but we want to thank everybody for all they have done for the family."
Jasmine Beever's death came as a complete shock to her best friend, Billie Jo Ashwell. Ashwell has started up an online campaign to raise money for her grieving family, who also buried Beever's grandfather just days earlier. Ashwell's mother, Donna Marshall, said she would never forget the "bubbly" 16-year-old.
"Jasmine was amazing. She was one of those kids where she would make a sad face in the room smile. She was so bubbly. She was friends with Billie and she would always shout across the road to me 'Donna are you okay?' and then she would ask if there was anything I wanted. She said if I needed help then I should give her a shout. She was such a darling. I am going to miss her terribly. We are all in shock."
Alluding to her daughter's JustGiving campaign, 45-year-old Marshall said that Beever and Ashwell had been best friends they were at preschool together, and paid tribute to her daughter for doing all she could to help her stricken friend's family, having raised £3,417 so far.
"Billy is so proud of herself and she knows Jasmine would be proud too. We don't have a target we will just carry on. When we set up Just Giving it lasts for 30 days and we will carry on for that and hand over the money. We have 27 days left. It's just heartbreaking - to bury your own daughter is one thing but to be going through it so soon after losing your dad, you can't comprehend it."
Skegness Academy, the school that Jasmine attended until earlier this year, paid tribute to one of its pupils taken too soon, saying that Jasmine will be remembered as a "friendly, positive, caring and lively girl who brought a smile to everyone’s face." If you would like to donate to Jasmine's JustGiving page, then you can do so here.