The family of an eight-year-old girl who was killed by meningitis while she was on vacation in France kept her alive so her organs could save lives.

Eilidh Neave of Kinross fell ill during the trip with her parents Ann Marie and Stuart and was diagnosed with type B meningitis.

The doctors fought to save the girl after airlifting to the hospital.

According to family friends, the courageous Eilidh has shown no brain activity during a CT scan and has been declared clinically dead.

But her parents wanted the loss of their darling daughter to help those who were waiting for an organ transplant and asked the medical staff to keep her alive.

Friends told how Eilidh, Zoe's 12-year-old sister, was kept alive for several days so she could administer powerful antibiotics to clean the organs of the disease.

Now they are coming together to raise funds via a GoFundMe page to pay for the extended stay of the family in France and the funeral expenses.

They had raised nearly £ 8,000 last night, when it was announced that Eilidh's funeral would be held on Monday.

The fundraiser was hosted by John Helms, a friend of Ann Marie's high school.

Eilidh Neave became ill during a trip to France and was diagnosed with type B meningitis

After Elidid became ill and died early this month, John of Atlanta, Georgia, launched the fundraiser that attracted many donations.

He asked his friends to keep the family "in your prayers," adding, "They do not know how long they will stay in France before they can go home to Scotland."

John published an update a week ago: "We learned that three donors were already waiting for an organ transplant.

"Praise God that something good can come out of this terrible situation."

A day later, he wrote: "The organs of Eilidh have already helped many young people to live longer and better.

"Stuart, Ann Marie and Zoe are still in France in expectation of a coffin of appropriate size, acceptable for the international transport of his body. The wait must be atrocious.

He then claimed that his family was to carry Eilidh's body Thursday at her home.

Eilidh Neave plays in the snow with mom Ann Marie

John stated that Ann Marie had told him that any additional money raised would be donated to a commendable cause, such as research on meningitis or support for families affected by the disease.

Friends posted grief and support messages on the GoFundMe page, which you can find here.

The page is entitled Thing 2 because Ann Marie, 50, and her husband Stuart, 56, affectionately nicknamed Zoe and Eilidh as Thing 1 and Thing 2, are characters in the children's book The Cat in the Hat (Dr. Seuss ).

Iain and Pamela Hunters wrote: "We are dazed to hear about our girlfriend Eilidh, a regular visitor and friend of our shop on a Saturday."

Muslimah Khanom said: "We can not believe what happened to this wonderful family, which we love."

Meningitis is an infection of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. This can affect anyone, but it's mostly in babies, young children, teens and young adults.

It can cause life-threatening blood poisoning and can lead to permanent damage to the brain or nerves. It can also kill.

Brave parents Ann Marie and Stuart Neave

It is usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection – bacterial meningitis is rarer but more serious than viral meningitis and can leave survival problems for those who survive.

Up to one in ten cases of bacterial meningitis is fatal. The infections that cause it can be spread by sneezing, coughing, kissing, sharing utensils, cutlery and toothbrushes.

Most cases of viral meningitis will improve and rarely cause major problems.

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