Caroline was a talented secondary school music teacher who loved her family and friends.
On November 29th 2016 she was playing the piano for the opening night of her school production of Oliver where she was the musical director. Her enthusiasm for music was infectious and after the first performance she was so excited that it had been an outstanding evening.
I spoke to her that evening and she said she was really tired and had a really bad earache so was going straight to bed. That was the last time I spoke to my little sister.
Wednesday she failed to turn up to school and when her partner arrived home from work that evening he found her on the floor in the hall unconscious. He immediately phoned an ambulance.
I arrived at the hospital just before the ambulance and saw her being taken into A&E and realised that she was very ill. The doctors spoke to us and told us that she needed surgery to try to reduce the swelling in her brain. She was rushed from Morriston Hospital to the Heath in Cardiff where she was taken into surgery.
At this point my father, her partner and I were told that she was very unlikely to survive the surgery. Caroline was a fighter (and stubborn) and was taken to intensive care where she was treated for bacterial meningitis. She never regained consciousness and passed away on Christmas Eve 2016.