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Girl, five, dies on the drive home from swimming lessons after choking on a deli frankfurt


A 5-year-old girl tragically died on her way home from swimming lessons after she choked in a Frankfurt deli while “talking” to her mother.

  • Five-year-old Imogen Lennon tragically died on January 16th.
  • She choked on a deli in Frankfurt on her way home.
  • GoFundMe was launched to help her family

A little girl tragically died after choking on one of her “favorite” treats in the back seat of the family car on her way home.

Samantha Lennon picked up her five-year-old daughter Imogen from swimming lessons on January 16 and gave her a Frankfurt deli to grab a bite to eat as they drove home in Canowindra, in Central West New South Wales.

But as Imogen happily chatted with her mother from the back seat, she suddenly began to choke.

Her mother immediately called an ambulance, but when she was told that she was too far away to make it on time, she herself drove Imogen to the hospital with the help of a bystander.

Despite their heroic efforts, Imogen later died in the hospital.

Five-year-old Imogen Lennon tragically died of suffocation in a Frankfurt deli on January 16th.

Five-year-old Imogen Lennon tragically died of suffocation in a Frankfurt deli on January 16th.

Family friend Tamara Harrison described Imogen as a “smart, determined, loving and sassy five-year-old.”

“It is unthinkable to make sense of such a tragic loss in this way, there are no words that can accurately describe how broken the Imogen family is,” Ms Harrison wrote on a GoFundMe created to help the family.

“It’s impossible to imagine life without Imogen.”

Ms Harrison said Frankfurt Delicatessen was one of Imogen’s “favorite” snacks after swimming lessons.

The five-year-old was the youngest child and left behind parents Samantha and William, older brothers Hayden and Bailey, sister Tamzin, and a large extended family.

The fundraiser, which will help her family cover funeral expenses, has raised $21,297 of a planned $25,000 since it launched on Saturday.

Imogen was happily chatting with her mother from the back seat, she suddenly began to choke.

Imogen was happily chatting with her mother from the back seat, she suddenly began to choke.

Family friend Tamara Harrison described Imogen as a

Family friend Tamara Harrison described Imogen as a “smart, determined, loving and sassy five-year-old”.

Ms Harrison said the Lennons are “real Australian fighters” who always help others.

“They would give away their shirts without hesitation if anyone needed it,” she wrote.

“The burden of finding money to pay for Imogen’s final resting place and a worthy celebration of her short life is a burden I would like to take away from this family while they endure such an unimaginable tragedy.”

A tribute to the bright child has flowed online.

Imogen, depicted kissing a relative, is remembered as a

Imogen, depicted kissing a relative, is remembered as a “bright and loving” little girl.

“I’m terribly sorry for such a gorgeous sweet girl, sending you all the love and thoughts,” wrote one friend.

Another said, “We’re sorry, Samantha and Bill. We only met Immy once, but she was so bright, cheerful and beautiful that we will always remember her like that.”

“A short meeting with you, little Imogen… you left your mark on my heart,” someone else said.

Imogen, who is described as smart and loving, will say goodbye at the local church on Saturday.

Mourners were asked to wear “bright colors” to the service in her memory.



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