Tributes paid to popular young woman

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Emotional tributes have been paid to a student who sadly died suddenly just days before her 21st birthday.

Aileen Park had been walking the family dog Leo in the fields near her home on May 16 when she returned feeling unwell.

Aileen’s sisters Alison (19) and Fiona (17) called for an ambulance. But tragically Aileen passed away when she was in the ambulance. She had a blood clot in her lung.

Aileen, from Milton of Campsie, was due to celebrate her 21st birthday on May 25 and was planning a holiday around Europe with friends.

Her parents Cecilia and Allan described their daughter as bubbly and popular and someone who loved life.

Cecilia said: “Aileen was interested in so many things. She was organising with friends to celebrate her 21st and we were going to go for a family meal.

“She was so interested in people and we have had letters and cards telling us how great she was. She was wonderful. We have had so much support from everyone.”

A former pupil of St Ninian’s High in Kirkintilloch, Aileen was a studying biomedical engineering at Glasgow University and was the president of their engineering society.

She was a big fan of Celtic FC, loved travelling, music and sport. Aileen also worked as a carer.

Hundreds of people attended her funeral at St Machan’s Church in Lennoxtown last week.

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