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Darwin teen Kailah May drowned in backyard pool after being diagnosed with epilepsy

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A ‘beautiful’ teen tragically drowned in her family’s pool and was found face down by her brother after medics warned her not to swim alone due to a recent diagnosis of epilepsy.

Kailah May, 19, was found unresponsive at her Girraween home in Darwin on Monday afternoon. Ambulance staff tried to resuscitate her, but she died at the scene.

The teen’s grandmother revealed that it was her brother, Marley, who made the heartbreaking discovery after he returned Monday afternoon and went to the pool for a swim.

He told their mother he was going for a swim and as he turned the corner he saw his sister “floating face down in the water.”

“He screamed for his mother, who said it was the most bloodcurdling sound in the world,” said Grandmother Judy.

A ‘beautiful’ teen tragically drowned in her family’s pool and was found face down by her brother after medics warned her not to swim alone due to a recent diagnosis of epilepsy

Kailah May, 19, was found unconscious in the swimming pool of her Girraween home in Darwin on Monday afternoon.  Paramedics tried to resuscitate her, but she died on the spot

Kailah May, 19, was found unconscious in the swimming pool of her Girraween home in Darwin on Monday afternoon. Paramedics tried to resuscitate her, but she died on the spot

He and his mother dragged Ms. May out of the pool and attempted CPR when they called 911.

“That will be on their minds forever,” Judy said.

Ms May had recently been diagnosed with epilepsy and was told by doctors not to swim in the pool as it could put her at risk.

But she had always loved the water and struggled to heed the warning, Judy told 360 Radio.

“How do you deny someone his freedom when he loves something so much?”

At one point on Monday, Ms. May made herself “a bowl of berries and her water as she always does and sat in the pool.”

Judy sobbed as she spoke of her granddaughter’s “beautiful soul”, noting that she touched the lives of so many in the wider community.

The teen's grandmother revealed that it was her brother Marley (pictured together) who made the horrifying discovery after he returned Monday afternoon and went to the pool for a swim.

The teen’s grandmother revealed that it was her brother Marley (pictured together) who made the horrifying discovery after he returned Monday afternoon and went to the pool for a swim.

May's father spent hours working in the mines and received the tragic news over the phone that his daughter had died.  He held an impromptu tribute with candles and flowers when he got home

May’s father spent hours working in the mines and received the tragic news over the phone that his daughter had died. He held an impromptu tribute with candles and flowers when he got home

Mrs. May’s father worked for hours in the mines and received the tragic news of the phoenix that his daughter had died.

Charter flights from the mine were unavailable and a neighbor drove five hours to pick him up and take him to his grieving family.

He hoped to be back in time to say goodbye to his daughter one last time, but arrived ‘too late’.

“It was terrible news that no father should hear,” May said.

Ms May was an aspiring footballer who was a ‘treasure’ to coach and on her way to a rewarding career in the Women’s National Rugby League.

South Darwin Rugby League Football Club was one of several football clubs to pay tribute to Mrs May after her tragic death.

“Rest peacefully beautiful girl who will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing such a talented young lady,” they said in a statement.

Ms May was an aspiring football star who was a 'treasure' to coach and on her way to a rewarding career in the Women's National Rugby League

Ms May was an aspiring football star who was a ‘treasure’ to coach and on her way to a rewarding career in the Women’s National Rugby League

Mrs. May’s family will remember her as a “beautiful girl, who loved sunrises, sunsets, the beach and the pool.” She was a beautiful soul.’

They have also called on “young girls in town” to be kind to each other in light of the tragedy.

“I know there are girls in town who’ve had their b**ch fights and tried to cause trouble…but stop taking each other down. It’s not worth it,” Judy said.

“But there’s a lot of love for this girl.”

Ms May will say goodbye at a public funeral on Friday 27 May. Her family has urged the community to wear what they think “represents Kailah,” noting that her favorite colors were purple and aqua.

The family has a GoFundMe to cover the cost of the service. They plan to donate additional money to charity.

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