Sheffield schoolgirl, aged 14, dies after inhaling aerosol gas

Bethany Adcock who has died after inhaling an aerosol
Bethany Adcock who has died after inhaling an aerosol
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A SHEFFIELD schoolgirl aged just 14 has died after inhaling fumes from an aerosol can.

Bethany Adcock, a pupil at Meadowhead School, collapsed at her home in Greenhill.

She was rushed to Sheffield Children’s Hospital but medics were unable to revive her and she was pronounced dead.

Bethany had been with a friend when she fell ill. Her death has been reported to South Yorkshire Police and an investigation has been launched. Bethany’s death is not being treated as suspicious.

A post mortem examination to determine the cause of death was carried out yesterday but the results are not yet known. Aerosol misuse can affect the heart.

An inquest will be held once a file is prepared for the city’s coroner, detailing the teenager’s last known movements and her medical history.

Shocked former neighbours told The Star today Bethany survived after contracting meningitis as a child. A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Police can confirm a 14-year-old girl has died after collapsing at her home in the Greenhill area of Sheffield.

“The 14-year-old was rushed to Sheffield Children’s Hospital but sadly she died a short time later.

“Police are not treating her death as suspicious.”

Catherine James, headteacher at Meadowhead School, sent a letter home to parents informing them of the tragedy, which she described as ‘a tragic accident’.

Counselling is being offered to pupils affected by the death.

Her letter said: “The school has experienced the sudden death of Bethany Adcock. We are deeply saddened by her death. Bethany was a Year 10 student, popular and friendly.

“Her sudden death is a tragic accident but it will obviously have an impact on the whole school, particularly those who were her friends and knew her well.”

She told parents: “We have support structures in place to help your child cope with the tragedy. Counsellors are available to support your child if they feel they need it.

“I have taken assemblies with all year groups and explained people grieve very differently and have given advice about how this should be handled.

“In the case of sudden death the police investigate thoroughly, and I have informed our students such a process will take place.”

She added: “It is not helpful for students to gossip or speculate or use Facebook and any other social networking sites in a manner which adds distress to Bethany’s family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bethany’s family.”

Bethany, who died at around 7.50pm on Tuesday, spent her early years on Glen View Road, Greenhill, where neighbours remembered her fighting for survival after contracting meningitis as a child.

Her parents are renovating a house on nearby Westwick Road.