A little girl who recently celebrated the birth of her little sibling died a few days later in a tree-climbing accident.

Freya Thorpe had waited “patiently” for the twin babies, but died when they were only ten days old.

The four-year-old had slipped on a branch when climbing a tree near her family’s home in Bicester, Oxfordshire.

She had worn a bicycle helmet and the strap was caught on the tree, reports the mirror.

Despite the best efforts of the emergency services, Freya was pronounced dead a short time later.

Her heartbroken mother, Elise Thorpe, first spoke about Freya’s death in September 2019.

Freya died in a tragic tree climbing accident

The 29-year-old said: “It was a normal Sunday – we were on cloud nine after the long-awaited arrival and the difficult pregnancy of my twins Kiera and Zack.

“A brother and a sister whom Freya had waited so patiently for nine long and difficult months to become a big sister.

“In the early afternoon, Dad had to drive off to collect the specialty milk from Boots Pharmacy in Cowley for the twins because they were allergic to cow’s milk (too small and too small to process the milk).”

Freya had been invited to a play date in a house that was only 10 seconds away in her “quiet cul-de-sac”.

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Elise says that parents in the neighborhood “confidently let their children out to play”, but that day Freya left her friends’ house without her parents knowing.

“I felt like I wanted her home,” remembers Elise.

“Soon after, I saw an ambulance at the end of the street – I panicked when I didn’t know why I was panicking.

“I called my husband to say I would get her back from the house. He said, ‘No, I’m five minutes away, stay with the babies’.

“I saw his car go by and not come back from the little cul-de-sac.

Elise with Freya

“I knew something was wrong.”

After seeing Freya’s father run back with a firefighter, she grabbed her twin babies and, despite being only 10 days away from the operation, ran to a cordoned off area where emergency services were working on Freya.

The couple waited two days in the intensive care unit at John Radcliffe Hospital before being told Freya would not make it.

Elise said, “I never stepped into my house again. I lost that too and still miss it today … my home.

“If I hadn’t given birth 10 days earlier, we would undoubtedly have died in the hospital that night.

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“We’ve had so much support over the past 18 months and we can’t all tell you how much it has helped us, and I can never thank you enough for the support, the kind words and the donations – not even from those who we never met.

“But we’ve also seen investigations and abuse from people who asked where the parents are.

“How could they let her out alone? It has led to family rifts of relatives and judgment because people didn’t know Freya wasn’t in our care when this happened.”