HEARTBROKEN parents have described how their lives have been ‘ripped to pieces’ after their apparently healthy teenage daughter suddenly died from a massive blood clot.
Shannon Deakin, aged 16, died in Barnsley Hospital hours after collapsing at home in Hoyland.
The Dearne Valley College student, who had ambitions to go to Sheffield Hallam University to train as a midwife, died of a pulmonary embolism caused by a blood clot moving from her leg into her chest.
The day before she died, she visited an out-of-hours surgery at Barnsley Hospital, complaining of pains in her leg. A doctor sent her home with antibiotics and told her to have a scan if she was not feeling better in 24 to 48 hours. Twelve hours later she collapsed, and was rushed back to hospital, where she died.
Her parents Sue, 43 and Bryan, 58, said their lives have been ‘ripped to pieces’ by the loss of their only daughter.
“Her life was all planned out,” said Sue. “She loved babies and kids and wanted to be a midwife since she was five.”
Bryan added: “We loved her so much she could have had anything, including our last breaths. She was our world.”
Shannon recently finished a cadetship at Rotherham Hospital, shadowing nurses and had ‘loved every minute’, said her parents.
An NHS Barnsley spokeswoman said: “Working closely with our local health partners, we will undertake a full review of the circumstances leading to this tragic event.”