Police investigate death of British six-month-old baby who choked to death at a Turkish


Police investigate death of British six-month-old baby who choked ‘on food or similar’ at five-star Turkish hotel during family holiday

  • Elizabeth Coffey was taken to hospital on Saturday following breathing troubles
  • The six-month-old was unable to be saved despite the efforts of medical staff 

Police are investigating the death of a six-month-old British baby girl after she reportedly choked to death at a five-star Turkish holiday resort.

Elizabeth Coffey was rushed to hospital after suffering breathing difficulties when ‘food or something similar’ got lodged in her throat.

Parents Michael and Elizabeth Coffey, from London, had been on holiday with their daughter and 30 family members at the Land of Legends Kingdom Hotel in Serik, southern Turkey.

The six-month-old began to have breathing difficulties on Saturday morning. A medical team was quickly sent to the hotel after the family raised the alarm.

After being rushed to the Aspendos Anatolia private hospital, Elizabeth was said to be unresponsive. Despite all efforts from medical staff, doctors were unable to save her life. 

Elizabeth Coffey was rushed to hospital after suffering breathing difficulties when 'food or something similar' got lodged in her throat, the hospital said

Elizabeth Coffey was rushed to hospital after suffering breathing difficulties when ‘food or something similar’ got lodged in her throat, the hospital said

It is unclear if she was suffering from any illnesses prior to her death.

A hospital official told The Sun: ‘Hotel staff called paramedics when the baby was having trouble breathing.

‘She was brought to the hospital by the first responders. Despite the doctors’ efforts, she couldn’t be saved.

‘The doctor who treated her said food or something similar had got lodged in the baby’s throat and she couldn’t breathe.’

Friends and family have since paid tribute to the little girl on social media. Kitty Margaret wrote on Facebook: ‘Can’t believe this rest in peace baby girl. Please god comfort her mummy and daddy. Feel so heartbroken for them.’ 

Parents Michael and Elizabeth Coffey had been on holiday with their daughter at the Land of Legends Kingdom Hotel in Serik, Turkey

Parents Michael and Elizabeth Coffey had been on holiday with their daughter at the Land of Legends Kingdom Hotel in Serik, Turkey

A map shows Serik, in the south of Turkey, where the child was reported to have died

A map shows Serik, in the south of Turkey, where the child was reported to have died

Another wrote: ‘RIP little princess Elizabeth. Definitely too good for this evil world most harmless child in [the world]. Please keep Uncle Jimmy’s Michael and Elizabeth and family in prayers.’

Others commented: ‘Rest in peace angel’ and: ‘This is so sad rip little angel.’

The six-month-old’s body was sent to Antalya Forensic Medicine Institute to determine the exact cause of death.

Police have confirmed the investigation is currently ongoing.





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