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‘You will forever be in my heart’ – English Cricketer Matt Dunn expresses his hearfelt condolence on his daughter’s loss

Mar 17, 2023

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Tim Groenewald of Somerset celebrates the wicket of Zafar Ansari of Surrey. (Photo by Mitchell Gunn/Getty Images)

The Surrey county-based English cricketer, Matt Dunn, recently lost his two-year-old daughter due to tragic epilepsy. Dunn’s daughter, Florence, who was still a toddler, suffered from a rare type of epilepsy named, Dravet Syndrome. This syndrome as per the NHS is a rare genetic neurological condition which is quite autistic in nature along with some other related challenges.

In the same vein, Dunn took to his Instagram and shared the sad news through his story. Sharing the image of his daughter Florence, he wrote, “You will forever be in my heart. Our beautiful girl gained her angel wings and was lost to SUDEP (sudden unexpected death in epilepsy).”

“To find the words at this time is almost impossible. You were so incredibly loved and the imprint you have left on so many lives is something to behold, you lit up any room you entered. We will be forever so proud of you and your fight baby girl,” Dunn mentioned further.

Alec Stewart offered his condolences to the family

Meanwhile, Surrey’s director of cricket Alec Stewart offered his condolences to the bereaved family. “We are all absolutely devastated to hear of Florence’s passing and our very best wishes are with the whole Dunn family. We will provide Matt and Jessica with all the support that we can,” he said.

Surrey county too put forth their condolences in their statement. “Everyone at Surrey is greatly saddened by the news of the passing of Matt Dunn’s daughter Florence. Our thoughts are with Matt and his wife Jessica, who bravely managed Florence’s Dravet Syndrome – a severe form of epilepsy,” the county stated.

Dravet Syndrome is a rare genetic neurological condition, occurring in 1/15,000 live births in the UK. The condition causes disability with some associated conditions including autism, ADHD, challenging behaviour, with speech difficulty, feeding, sleep and beyond.

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