Rare disease claims life of young Cromer mum

A young mother with two children aged under three has died from a rare disease.

Twenty-two-year-old Emma Sadler from Cromer died at her parents' home despite the efforts of paramedics to revive her.

Her mother and father paid tribute to a kind-hearted and thoughtful daughter, who put her children first - and had drawn up a Christmas present list for the youngsters before she died.

Three years ago Emma was diagnosed with Addison's Disease, a disorder which means the adrenal glands do not produce enough of certain hormones that help regulate a patient's immune system, blood sugar levels, and ability to deal with stress.

Emma was on medication but suffered an 'Addisonian crisis' said mother Jill, who tried to resuscitate her at the family's Links Avenue home until five paramedics and the air ambulance arrived - but their efforts lasting nearly an hour were in vain.

The single mum had recently moved into her own bungalow in nearby Park Road, and was enjoying life with 20-month-old Charlie and seven-month-old Ava.

'She came to see her dad the previous day and seemed fine,' said Mrs Sadler, a catering assistant at Cromer High School where husband Les has been caretaker for 23 years and where Emma was a former pupil.

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The family had not heard of Addison's disease until they discovered Emma had it. Initially it left her tired, weak and with digestive problems. Daily tablets had it under control, and people with the condition, also known as adrenal insufficiency, can lead a normal life, and its most famous sufferer was American president John F Kennedy.

But it can also be life-threatening if an adrenal crisis develops.

Mr and Mrs Sadler said they had been overwhelmed by the number of cards and messages of sympathy in memory of Emma, who worked as a waitress at the Dales Hotel in Upper Sheringham, as a housekeeper at Cromer Country Club and had a spell at Monroe's chip shop in the town before becoming a full-time mum.

Emma had adjusted to her daily medication had got her confidence back and enjoyed going out with her friends, said her parents. She also idolised her younger brother Ryan, 19.

'She put her children first, and was planning Christmas - so we have bought all the presents on her list for them,' said Mrs Sadler.

A funeral is being held on Monday at Cromer parish church at 11am followed by burial near her grandparents at All Saints church Beeston Regis, with donations to the East Anglian Air Ambulance through Fox's funeral directors at Cromer.