Bethany Walker’s condition “rapidly deteriorated” and she could not be saved, her devastated mum says.

A young student has died after she fell ill at home with with flu symptoms which developed into pneumonia.

Bethany Walker, 18, was airlifted to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness from her home in Wester Ross in Scotland as her condition worsened.

But she “rapidly deteriorated” and could not be saved by medics when she died in intensive care last Friday, her heartbroken mum Heather Teale revealed.

Devastated Ms Teale paid tribute to Bethany on Facebook, saying “life will never be the same again” without her daughter.

Friends have fondly remembered her as the “belle of the ball” at Hogmanay, and a “kind, caring and gifted” student who was pursuing a career in midwifery.

Bethany worked at an inn on the Applecross peninsula and was due to begin her studies at Aberdeen University later this year after a gap year.

Her mum wrote on Facebook: “My beautiful Daughter Bethany Walker was taken from me yesterday.

“She had been suffering from a flu virus, which became pneumonia, she was airlifted to Raigmore with me by her side yesterday morning, where she rapidly deteriorated, the staff in Intensive Care could not have done more, she was given the best possible treatment from a team of eight people for over two hours, they tried everything possible but sadly despite their best efforts she didn’t make it.

“I am broken, the bottom has fallen out of my world. I have my mum with me, and my wonderful son Danny Walker who are both feeling the same loss as I am.”

Bethany was taken to intensive care at Raigmore Hospital (Image: PA)

The devastated mum added: “Life will never be the same again. Bethany, I love you to the moon and back, I always have and I always will, you were the best daughter I could have ever wished for and I will always be the proudest mum in the world.

“I have no more words. I’m truly devastated. Sleep tight my beautiful girl, your brother and I will love you forever, you will never be out of my thoughts as long as I live.”

A family friend wrote on Facebook: “Never have we all been so heartbroken or grief-stricken.Bethany Walker was one of life’s most beautiful and amazing young woman you could possibly meet.

“Bethany was taken far too soon from this world. She captured all of our hearts as part of our own family.

“She was beautiful, intelligent, funny and perfect. We will miss her forever.”

Monty Halls Great Hebridean Escape (pic: BBC)

TV adventurer Monty Halls, who lived on the Applecross peninsula in 2008 for his Great Escapes series, also paid tribute to the teen.

He wrote to her mum: “Heather, I am so, so sorry to hear this news – it is beyond comprehension. Words seem so completely inadequate.

“Every member of the film crew for Great Escapes remembers her so fondly, a total delight. My deepest condolences to you, and your family.

“I know the entire team send their best wishes, their thoughts, and their love.”

Bethany attended Plockton High School up until the summer of 2017, when she took a gap year before taking up her place in Aberdeen to study midwifery.

Staff and pupils at the high school – where she was deputy head girl in S6 – were “saddened” after learning of her death.



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