Our happy, healthy girl, 6, told us her belly hurt – 12 hours later we’d lost her forever

Heartbroken parents have told how their healthy six-year-old daughter died just hours after complaining of a stomach ache.

Shaun Stirrup and his wife Pip are devastated by the sudden death of little Milly-Rose earlier this month.

Milly-Rose Stirrup, 6, died just hours after complaining of stomach pains


Milly-Rose Stirrup, 6, died just hours after complaining of stomach painsPhoto credit: MEN Media
Devastated parents Pip and Shaun said their condition quickly deteriorated


Devastated parents Pip and Shaun said their condition quickly deterioratedPhoto credit: MEN Media

The Denton, Manchester schoolgirl died just 12 hours after being rushed to hospital by her worried parents.

She had returned home from school on February 14 and was unwell, leading the couple to suspect she had caught a 24-hour stomach bug that was making the rounds.

Described as an “angel sent from above”, Milly Rose was kept away the next day and appeared to have perked up.

Distraught dad Shaun told the Manchester Evening News: “She was just playing on her Nintendo Switch and doing what kids do when they’re not feeling well.”

The Man City-obsessed boy had eaten a popsicle before bed, where her condition changed drastically during the night.

“She woke up at 1 a.m. Thursday morning and said her stomach and heart were sore,” Shaun said.

“I felt her heart and it pounded out of her chest. We did what most parents would do and tried to calm her down.”

He and Pip rushed their daughter to the emergency room at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, where she was examined by a triage nurse who said everything “appears to be normal”.

Assuming Milly-Rose was suffering from a stomach problem, they were advised to do a hydration challenge where her parents would give her 5ml of water every five minutes for two hours to see if they “kept it down”. could.

But with so many children throwing up in the waiting room, the couple decided to monitor their daughter at home.

The father continued, “We felt like we were more likely to catch something so we decided to do it at home as the nurse said all her vitals were normal.”

The little girl managed to eat a packet of chips and drink a bottle of Lucozade, then fell asleep again.

But when Shaun checked on Milly-Rose before he left for work the next morning, he found her drenched in sweat and “flabby” as he tried to help her up.

He recalled: “I had to catch her before she hit the ground and we knew she needed an ambulance.

“Her skin was mottled and she turned a weird color.

She woke up at 1 a.m. Thursday morning and said her stomach and heart were sore. I felt her heart and it pounded out of her chest.

Shaun Stirrup

“The caller told us it was an emergency but said we might have to wait three hours for an ambulance to come.”

The parents decided instead to take Milly-Rose to the hospital themselves and arrived about half an hour later.

Doctors told them their daughter would be treated within ten minutes of her arrival as a “worst-case scenario.”

Milly-Rose was treated under the suspected sepsis and meningitis route when she continued to be “peeping with sweat” despite a drop in body temperature.

“Their heart rate was 135, which they weren’t too worried about. They had to regulate their core body temperature,” Shaun said.

“It settled down and we thought we were through the worst and I considered going home to get her pyjamas.

“But after an hour they took her to the resuscitation unit. We figured that just meant she was getting more targeted care.”


The horrified Pip briefly left the room as she was so upset at the schoolgirl’s condition when Milly-Rose appeared “tired and in pain”.

Shaun then shared how his daughter’s condition suddenly deteriorated when his wife returned to the room.

“Within 15 seconds of entering the room Milly turned her head to the wall and stopped blinking and her heart stopped and the machines started beeping,” he said.

The parents were led out as paramedics began CPR and struggled for an hour to save the young Man City fan.

She was tragically pronounced dead at 1.24pm Thursday morning.

Milly-Rose’s grieving father continued: “It was just so out of the blue. It was 12 hours from the time she first complained about her abdominal pain to her death.

“The last thing we expected was her heart stopping. We were just shocked. My wife was heartbroken.


“We just burst into tears. You just feel numb and empty. It doesn’t feel real.

“We woke up in the morning expecting her to be in her bed. She is our only daughter – we gave her everything.”

The six-year-old’s death has been referred to the coroner, who is working to determine how her condition deteriorated so quickly.

Her parents told how, despite being lactose intolerant, Milly-Rose had dreams of going to Disneyland and sitting across from the Eiffel Tower and eating cheese.

The crazy little girl from Man City also wanted to travel to Jamaica, visit her cousins ​​and get up close to koalas in Australia.

They now want to honor their beloved daughter by completing their bucket list in honor of the youngster.

Shaun said the support they’ve received from the community has been “incredible” and has given them the strength to share Milly-Rose’s story.


Fans of their beloved footy team will hold a minute of applause in the sixth minute of their next home game against Newcastle on March 3rd.

Her family are hoping the schoolgirl who was ‘in love’ with her favorite player Phil Foden will be honored on stadium screens by Man City.

Papa Shaun added: “Milly-Rose has impressed everyone. She was an angel sent from above.

“Teachers always said if they could design the perfect student, she would be it.

“She had been riding horses since she was two and was a natural. She could have anything she wanted. She made friends with everyone.”

A spokesman for North West Ambulance Service said: “We would like to send our sincere condolences to Milly-Rose’s family at this very difficult time.

“If you have any concerns, we invite you to contact our patient safety team.”

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A spokesman for the Manchester NHS Foundation Trust said: “The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital is committed to providing our patients with the best possible care.

“Milly-Rose’s death was tragic and our thoughts are with her family and loved ones at this time.”

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Man City’s mad schoolgirl is honored by fans at the club’s next home gamePhoto credit: MEN Media

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Emma James

Emma James is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma James joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing emmajames@ustimespost.com.

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