Mum Heartbroken As 20-Year-Old Daughter Dies From Overdose She Thought Was Just A Hangover

A mum has been left heartbroken after her 20-year-old daughter passed away from an overdose which she had assumed was just a hangover from being out over the weekend. 

Shannon Hewat, 20, from Lincoln, died from an overdose after her mum assumed that she just had a hangover from being out all weekend.

Lorna, Shannon’s mum, immediately called the ambulance service when she realised that her daughter was having an overdose but unfortunately, it was too late.

Devastatingly, her mum was unable to be by her side as she slipped into the coma due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to Lincolnshire Live.

Her daughter had been rushed into surgery to undergo an emergency liver transplant yet she did not survive, meaning Lorna has been left in “complete shock”.

Lorna said: “We believe she took the overdose on Monday.

“She had been out all weekend and I thought she had a bad hangover and that is why she was being sick.

“I was trying to give her dried toast, biscuits and crackers and tried to get to sip water.

“I had no idea and her friend who was here also had no idea.

“She told me [what she had done]. I think she was frightened at that point because she was in a lot of pain.”

Shannon had a close-knit relationship with her brother Connor. Credit: Lorna Hewat

On Tuesday, 21 July, the horrified mum called an ambulance and the claims advisor was then rushed into Lincoln County Hospital.

Due to coronavirus restrictions, the concerned parents were not permitted to be by their daughter’s side. Yet the parents pleaded for updates and Lorna even tried texting her little girl – the messages never got a response.

The following day, July 22, the doctors called the 49-year-old mum to inform her that her daughter was in critical condition and in a coma.

The overdose had led to her organs going into complete failure and it was arranged that the former Priory LSST student would be transferred to a hospital in Birmingham for an emergency liver transplant.

Although there were fears she wouldn’t survive the journey, Shannon managed to cling on whilst Lorna, her son Connor, 19 and two of Shannon’s best friends all headed down to Birmingham.

Whilst the doctors prepared for the emergency surgery, Lorna and Connor were granted half an hour to spend with their incredibly ill loved one.

The medics were hopeful and insisted that Shannon’s mum try and get some sleep. Later on, after checking into a nearby hotel, Lorna was crushed with the worst news that any parent can hear, her daughter had died.

Credit: Lorna Hewat

Lorna told Lincolnshire Live: “I refused to believe it. I was shouting at the doctors to help her. I knew she wouldn’t leave me

“She was supposed to go for a liver transplant, she only had a couple of hours to hold on. I have just been in complete shock, I still can’t believe it.

“I am just waiting for her to come through the door and every now and then again I can hear her voice in the house.

“I would do anything for her just to come in and chuck her stuff on the floor even though we have a coat-rack.”

Lorna described her relationship with Shannon and said that they had shared a unique bond.

She said: “We were very, very close. Even during the lockdown I said to my mum it was a full-time job just texting Shannon all day.

“I didn’t text many people because my hands would be sore because Shannon would text me constantly all day even if she was in the house.

“We were very close. I have two boys, but mums and daughters are very close. It was like we were joined at the hip, we were best friends.”

Shannon was also extremely close to her brother Connor and their older brother, Dominic.

Lorna said: “She was dearly loved by her brothers. Connor is younger, he is about to turn 19 next week.

“Dominic is 30 and he felt more like a father figure towards both of them because of the age gap and there not being a father around.

“Connor and Shannon used to be inseparable. They used to top and tail in bed, they were as thick as thieves.”

Credit: Lorna Hewat

To help her come to terms with the tragedy, Shannon’s mum says she tries to remember what an amazing daughter she had and how kind and considerate she was.

Lorna said: “She was very strong-minded and bossy. When she was at nursery they said she was going to be the next prime minister because she could take charge of situations.

“She was very funny, she had a good sense of humour. She was very quick-witted – I don’t know how she managed to get these quick comebacks, she didn’t get it from me, that’s for sure.

“She was a very loyal friend. Her friends have all messaged me and said how much a wonderful friend she was, a good listener and how she would help any of them out of dark places.

“She was very supportive but she was proud and stubborn so didn’t like to share her own troubles.

“Shannon liked to appear strong. She was very energetic and had a lot of lust for life.”

Lorna is now in the process of organising her daughter’s funeral, which is something she never imagined she would be there to see.

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