Dad wants daugh­ter’s death to be a les­son to drug users

Cynon Valley - - HEALTH & LIFESTYLE - ANNa LeWIs anna.lewis@waleson­line.co.uk

A FA­THER wants his daugh­ter’s death to be used as a “les­son to young moth­ers”, an in­quest has heard.

Han­nah Dee Rees, 27, of Tre­orchy, died on De­cem­ber 11 after or­gan fail­ure fol­low­ing long-term drug abuse.

Cardiff Coro­ner’s Court heard that Ms Rees, of Con­way Road, was in her liv­ing-room with her young daugh­ter when her fiance found her sleeping and dif­fi­cult to wake.

An am­bu­lance was called and the mother of one was taken to the Royal Glam­or­gan Hos­pi­tal, where she later died.

Dur­ing the in­quest coro­ner Sarah Richards said Ms Rees had en­joyed school as a child and been part of an ac­tion group against il­le­gal drugs.

But after be­ing sex­u­ally as­saulted as a young girl, her be­hav­iour started to “change”.

Ms Richards said: “[Han­nah] be­came sub­ject to a sex­ual as­sault.

“She re­ported this to her mother and re­ported to the po­lice and it went to court. That was an enor­mously brave thing for her to do for a girl that age – she was 11 at the time.

“It did take its toll on her and after that her be­hav­iour started to change.”

The court heard that as a teenager Ms Rees moved from a YMCA build­ing in Moun­tain Ash to a flat in Pon­typridd where her part­ner com­mit­ted sui­cide.

Ms Richards said: “She start­ing tak­ing hard drugs at this point, she was tak­ing heroin.

“Han­nah over­dosed in 2008 and was ad­mit­ted to Royal Glam­or­gan Hos­pi­tal.”

Dur­ing the in­quest Ms Rees’ fa­ther, Alun Rees, said his daugh­ter had stopped tak­ing drugs after the birth of her daugh­ter but started again with­out telling her fam­ily.

He said: “When we saw her she looked a mil­lion dol­lars.

“When we went there the house was spot­less. I feel so let down by her.”

In a state­ment read in court, Ms Rees’ fiance Mar­tin Bradley said his part­ner’s health started to worsen after she was di­ag­nosed with sci­at­ica in 2017.

He said: “On De­cem­ber 11 I went to the doc­tors to pick up tablets. When I got back Han­nah was sleeping... she couldn’t keep her head up.

“Han­nah had been bad for two or three months but the doc­tors told her it was sci­at­ica.

“Han­nah was stub­born and said she didn’t want to go to hos­pi­tal.”

Record­ing a con­clu­sion of drug-re­lated death, Ms Richards heard that Ms Rees died as a re­sult of multi-or­gan fail­ure and sepsis from tri­cus­pid valve en­do­cardi­tis “usu­ally re­lated to in­tra­venous drug use”.

Traces of parac­eta­mol, di­hy­drocodeine, di­azepam and mor­phine were found in Ms Rees’ blood after her death.

Pay­ing trib­ute after the in­quest, Mr Rees said his daugh­ter was a “lov­ing mother and un­for­tu­nately she went down the wrong path.

“Our fam­ily are gut­ted but hope­fully this is a les­son to young moth­ers out there.”

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