Inquest opens into death of Jersey toddler during holiday

Isla Rae Sutcliffe

AN inquest has been opened into the death of a two-year-old Jersey toddler during a family holiday last month.

Advocate Cyril Whelan, acting as relief coroner, yesterday heard that Isla Rae Sutcliffe passed away from septic shock following a perforated appendix in Turkey.

She was pronounced dead on the evening of 30 October 2023 in a Turkish hospital.

Police are not treating the death as suspicious.

During a brief hearing lasting less than five minutes, with no family members in attendance, Advocate Whelan approved the release of Isla’s body in order for her funeral to take place.

At the conclusion, he authorised cremation and adjourned the inquest until a later date to await the outcome of further investigations.

A fundraiser launched in support of Isla’s family has so far raised over £40,000.

Set up by family friend Taylor Kearns, the fundraiser has been supported by over 1,600 people since its launch two weeks ago.

The money will be used to “support Laura Carolan, Ryan Sutcliffe, Karis and their family as they navigate the devastating loss of their beloved two-year-old child, Isla, whilst on a family holiday in Turkey”.

“The last thing we want is for them to worry about financial matters while grieving,” wrote organiser Taylor on the GoFundMe page.

“Every donation, no matter the size, will go a long way in helping them honour Isla’s memory and give her a dignified farewell.”

Islanders can donate online by searching for ‘Help Isla’s family following her passing in Turkey’ on GoFundMe.