A woman from Manchester, England, born with a back-to-front heart has died at the age of 20. Not expected to live past age 4, Kirsty Howard defied doctors by battling her condition for so long, raising £7.5m ($11.5m) for Manchester’s children’s hospice through her charity work. Howard came to public attention in 2002, when she joined David Beckham and the Queen in launching the Commonwealth Games in Manchester.
Howard died in the Manchester Royal Infirmary in the early hours of Saturday morning after suffering a heart attack.
Included below is a selection of reaction to this sad news from Twitter, as well as David Beckham’s emotional post on Instagram.
Words cannot describe how amazing this young lady has been over the years .. Kirsty has been defying doctors for many years and whilst doing that she has been raising millions of pounds for terminally ill children... I met Kirsty in 2002 when she became the nations and my good luck charm for the game against Greece , we also met the queen together in Manchester so you could say we have spent some amazing moments together over the years and it was an inspiration to meet such a brave young lady with so much drive for helping others.. My love and thoughts go to kirsty's parents and sisters as this inspirational young lady will be missed ... My heart and love goes to Kirsty for letting me be a small part of your world of the years.. Rest in peace ❤️❤️
PM: Very sad to hear of the death of Kirsty Howard, a truly inspirational young woman whose fundraising efforts will have touched so many— UK Prime Minister (@Number10gov) October 24, 2015