A bride-to-be who collapsed at a Fermanagh gym and died despite frantic efforts to save her life has been remembered as a “bright and bubbly” health professional.
Lindsey Sharon Coulter became ill while exercising on a treadmill at Colebrooke Fitness near Brookeborough in Fermanagh last Friday.
The 27-year-old from Fivemiletown was laid to rest in her wedding dress on Tuesday – just six months before she was due to walk down the aisle of the same church in Fivemiletown.
Miss Coulter was a former pupil of Fivemiletown College who went on to study nursing at the University of Dundee.
She worked as a community nurse for the Southern Health and Social Care Trust.
Ulster Unionist councillor Victor Warrington has known the Coulter family for many years.
He said the Brookeborough and Fivemiletown communities had been left numb by news of the sudden death.
“This is a terrible tragedy and everyone, particularly young people, are stunned. It’s devastating news for the Coulters and Ellisons, two well-known and respected families in this area.
“Lindsey was always very bubbly and friendly. She is being remembered this week as someone who was always happy and laughing.
“It’s terribly sad to see another young life being cut short particularly when she had a whole bright future ahead of her with Brian.
“The thoughts and prayers of the entire community will be with the family and friends of Lindsey at this difficult time,” he said.
Cllr Warrington said the tragedy highlighted the need to have a wider availability of defibrillators across the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council area.
“This is an issue that has been raised a lot at council level recently as there have been a number of similar tragedies across the country. The council is working on installing these machines at a number of its premises.
“Sadly the events of Friday in Fivemiletown highlight the urgent need for them to be made more widely available when it comes to saving lives,” he told the Fermanagh Herald.
Janice Allen, acting principal of Fivemiletown College, said Miss Coulter “will be fondly remembered by everyone in the school community for her warm, caring nature and her ready smile”.
Miss Coulter’s funeral service took place at St John’s Church in Fivemiletown.