THE mother and best friends of an "inspirational" teenager say her "legacy will live on".

Jess Paddock, 18, from Winterbourne Earls, died on Thursday, January 3 after a long battle with cystic fibrosis.

Her mum Cheryl said: “[There were] so many struggles for such a short life, when the going got tough, Jess got tougher. I always joked she must have been a cat and had nine lives.

“She was an amazing young lady who doted on her little sister Summer, and had a kindred spirit in her dad. They both had a wicked sense of humour. Normally at my expense."

In October, 2014 Jess underwent a double lung transplant at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

“Obviously, we couldn’t have had these precious four extra years without her donor. Organ donation gave her time to make memories and live life,” said Cheryl.

“She was an organ donor and she made sure the nurses looking after her knew, sadly due to her medication she was unable to help anyone. If Jess can get just one person to sign up for organ donation, it would change peoples lives.

“Live life give life #BemoreJess. Her legacy will live on in those who knew her and whose hearts she touched.”

Cheryl also praised the “amazing” staff at Salisbury District Hospital who have taken care of Jess and her sisters over the years.

Jess’ sister Abigail, also battled with cystic fibrosis and died in December 2016.

Her best friends Leigh Baylis, Ruana-Aimee Fletcher and Reign Baylis have also paid tribute to Jess.

Leigh said: “There will never be enough words to express how much of an incredible human Jess was. Although she was sick her whole life, there was so much more to her battles she faced with her health. Sick was the last thing she ever wanted anyone to see her as.

“She was one of the most inspirational, hilarious, courageous people I’ve ever known. No matter how tough things got for her she always made sure she was there for you and made you feel like the most important person in the world at that time.

“I will miss every single thing about her. There will never be another Jessica Marie paddock, she truly was one of a kind.”

Reign added: “Jess was the sassiest queen I have ever known. She could make you laugh at the tiniest thing. We would talk about anything and everything, we never ran out of things to say.”

And Ruana said: “She battled lows and highs after her life saving double lung transplant and was grateful everyday for her donor and did more in four years than most do in a lifetime. I am truly honoured to have been there for it all.

“I will live my life to the fullest because of her. I will do everything without regret or hesitation, you will be my most cherished, closest friend.

“Jess taught me about being alive, she taught me that I am capable of much more than I believe. Having a life limiting illness should not prevent you living your life fully.”

The teenager was a strong advocate for organ donation and was an an ambassador for Live Life, Give Life.

Mandy Venters, the chairman of Live Life Give Life, said Jess was a "fearless advocate" for organ donation and was "wise beyond her tender years". She added: "Those who were fortunate enough to have met her always commented on her huge personality in such a tiny person."

The former Trafalgar School pupil was voted as the Young Person of the Year at the Local Hero Awards in 2014.

Rachael Faulkner, deputy head teacher of Trafalgar School, said: “During her time with us she was fiercely independent, focused and extremely determined to make every moment count.

"She was presented with the Wrightson Cup in October 2017 which is given to an outgoing member of Year 11 who has shown resilience and determination in the face of adversity. She was a hugely worthy winner and will be missed by the staff and students of Trafalgar who knew her and respected both her character and her achievements.

A Just Giving page has been set up in Jess’ memory to raise money for children’s charity Dreamflight, who take children with a serious illness or disability on the holiday of a lifetime to Orlando, Florida.

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