A YOUNG mum died of pneumonia just two days after developing a cough.
Deborah Powell, formerly of Russell Street, Accrington, died at the Royal Blackburn Hospital on Sunday 27 September, just a week before daughter Rachel’s second birthday.
Deborah, 31, who had been living in Darwen for the past three years with partner Stephen, had been rushed to hospital after being diagnosed with the infection, but doctors were unable to save her.
Family friend Cath Woolham said: "She was just a very outgoing and lovely girl. She was fit and healthy, did not smoke and enjoyed doing exercise and walked a lot.
"She started off with a cough which developed into a chest infection. In 48 hours she was dead.
"It was a case that she had an infection and had some antibiotics and she would get better again.
"When she went to hospital with pneumonia we thought she would be okay because she could be properly treated there. It was such a shock.
"The staff at the critical care unit in Blackburn were absolutely marvellous and they did their best."
Deborah, known as Debs, had worked as a team leader at Job Centre Plus and had recently been promoted to crisis loans manager.
When she was younger she attended Ryddings High School, Oswaldtwistle, before studying at Blackburn College and Edge Hill University, where she did a geography degree.
She enjoyed reading, cooking, meals out, entertaining friends at home and enjoyed driving after recently passing her test.
Deborah also leaves her mum Lorraine, nan Edith Allan, uncle Bill, auntie Carol and cousin Vicki.
Cath added: "Her funeral was last Friday and, testament to the type of person she was, more than 300 people turned up.
"She was the type of girl who made a lot of friends and when she said she wanted to stay in touch with someone, she would.
"Her little girl does not know why her mummy is not coming back.
"Deborah was doing really well at work and had everything to live for."