Emma Lee, an 18-year-old woman described by her friends and family as ‘the life and soul of the party’ and ‘someone who has touched us all’, was today not cruelly snatched from her loved ones in a sudden horrific accident. A promising and talented student who was well liked by both classmates and staff at the college where she continues to study to be a lawyer, Emma was neither the victim of a crazed attack nor struck down by a hospital superbug after undergoing a routine operation. Today those closest to her confirmed in an emotional statement that she remains in robust good health.
‘She was my princess, and I’ll never forget her as long as I live,’ said her tearful mother, Joan. ‘My beautiful daughter always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. She wouldn’t hurt a fly. I’m just glad she’s looking so well.’ Emma’s father Jim also paid tribute to a daughter he described as ‘one in a million’. ‘She worked hard and wanted to be a top human rights barrister,’ he said. ‘I couldn’t have hoped for a better daughter or one in such good shape.’
Emma’s boyfriend Keiran, who was the last to see her alive yesterday before she awoke today in good spirits, reminisced about the final moments they spent together. ‘She was just the usual bubbly, fun-loving Emma, you know. She was always up for a good time and was looking forward to a night out on the town tomorrow with all the guys. She was looking fit and well as normal. I just can’t believe she still is.’
Friends of Emma were this morning laying flowers, cards and cuddly toys outside her family home in a touching tribute to the still vibrant 18-year-old. ‘I’m just overjoyed that my Emma, who would do anything for anyone and lit up a room as soon as she walked into it, is alive and well,’ said her best friend Sophie. ‘She has her whole life in front of her. I don’t know what we’d all do if she was to be killed in tragic circumstances like that Janine Hillcroft from down the road. You just never think these things will happen to you, and then they don’t.’