Tragedy as ‘wonderful’ Hull mum, 29, dies just eight months after her son’s father

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Sep 27, 2018 in Rat News | Subscribe

Tributes have been paid to a “wonderful” Hull mum who died aged just 29.

Simone Truelove, 29, had cared for her five-year-old son who had a rare skin condition which meant he would break out in blisters and needed constant treatment.

But, tragically, mum-of-one Simone, of Kingswood, had died after taking a cocktail of prescription drugs, heroin and cocaine which left her brain dead, an inquest was told.

Her death came just months after her son’s father, Craig Young, passed away in July 2017.

Simone’s heartbroken mother, Alison, was so devastated by her death she was unable to attend her inquest at Hull Coroner’s Court on Wednesday.

In a written statement read out at court, she said: “Growing up, Simone was a cheeky and adventurous child.

Hull Royal Infirmary

Hull Royal Infirmary

“She had pet rats when she was younger and without my knowledge she would sneak them in to school and would have all the teachers laughing.

“She was always chatting at school and left with no qualifications.

“At the age of 21 she was told that she could not have children, but at 24 she fell pregnant and was overjoyed that she would become a mother.

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“When her son was born he had a rare skin condition which was a really stressful time for Simone and the family.

“The condition meant his skin would blister and needed them popping and putting cream on.

“This could take hours, but Simone would do it and would travel to Birmingham with [the child] every six months to have treatment. She was a wonderful mum.”

One Kingswood resident wasn't happy...

Simone Truelove lived in Kingswood with her son
(Image: Peter Harbour)

The inquest heard that Simone had been devastated at the loss of Mr Young, after he died of a heroin overdose.

She tragically died after she passed out when visiting her friend’s house in the early hours of March 8 this year.

The friends had been chatting in her bedroom at around 1am and Simone was described as being ‘out of it’.

Hull Coroner's Court

Hull Coroner’s Court
(Image: Rob Stebbing)

Her friend had gone to fetch her a cup of tea – but when he returned he found Simone slumped over his bunk bed at around 3am.

He tried to put her upright, but she fell forward and cut her head on the frame of a bunk bed.

He noticed Simone was not breathing, started chest compressions and called the ambulance service – which took her to Hull Royal Infirmary.

In a statement from Mr Milner, he said: “I kept asking her if she was ok and if she had taken anything.

“But she kept getting annoyed with me for asking her and then told me she was sorry for being grouchy.

Hull Coroner's Court

Hull Coroner’s Court

“Her eyes were dotted and seemed upset that she was told not to attend Craig’s inquest because his mum was the only one going to attend.”

Ambulance crews had attempted at resuscitating Simone and managed to get a pulse, before she was transferred to the intensive care unit.

A later CT scan proved she had suffered brain damage from the lack of oxygen.

She was being kept alive by a ventilator, which Dr Richard Gould explained to her heart-broken family that it would be best to allow her to pass away naturally.

Hull Coroners Court in Alfred Gelder street, city centre

Hull Coroners Court in Alfred Gelder street, city centre

Simone, who lived and had grown up in Kingswood, died at 9.55am on March 9, 2018.

The inquest was told by pathologist Dr Ian Richmond that Simone had suffered an ‘hypoxic brain injury prior to cardiac arrest as a result of multiple drug toxicity’.

He also said the levels of the drugs in her system were not of a fatal dose, however, because Simone wasn’t breathing, the drugs were not being broken down in her system.

Dr Richmond noted there was no alcohol in Simone’s system.

Humberside Police Officer Sarah Mahoney told the inquest that no foul play was involved in Simone’s tragic death and no illicit drugs were found at the home.

Senior Coroner Professor Paul Marks recorded the short form verdict of death as a result of ‘drugs/alcohol’.

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