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Family's tribute to girl, 10, killed in skiing accident

10-year-old Jemima Prees from Colerne Photo: Family photograph

Jemima Prees from Colerne in Wiltshire was skiing with her parents and brother in Mayrhofen, a popular resort in the Tyrol region of Alpine Austria. She careered head-first into a tree and, despite wearing a helmet at the time, died at the scene. Her organs have been donated for transplant use after her brother kept her resuscitated for 40 minutes. This tribute has been issued by the family:

'Jemima was a very very special girl. She lived every day as if there might be no tomorrow. She had a capacity to touch people with love in a way that is rarely seen. It was a privilege to know her for nearly eleven years. She was quirky, intelligent, fearless, but most of all, always warm and amusing. Everyone loved her. We were so lucky to have shared so much time with her.

She died in a beautiful place doing something she loved, with some of her favourite people. She was skiing within her ability and taking it very carefully, within yards of us. No one will know why she suddenly went straight down the piste or why she didn't turn or fall. After a hundred yards, she hit trees at a high speed. She died instantly at the scene from a major brain injury but her brother's heroic forty minutes of resuscitation enabled her organs to be donated to save or transform four people's lives.

We are very proud of him, as we were proud of her. We would now like to be given the space to grieve as a family, and to attempt to begin rebuilding our lives.'

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