‘No other fam­ily will suf­fer this’

Teenager’s par­ents of­fer help af­ter their son’s death

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

THE fam­ily of a teenager who died af­ter tak­ing a lethal dose of ec­stasy at a rave has spo­ken of the ‘hole’ left in their hearts.

Daniel Spargo-Mabbs, 16, was found col­lapsed at a ware­house at the back of an industrial es­tate off Sil­verdale Road, in Hayes, on Jan­uary 18 last year, hav­ing taken 0.5g of MDMA.

He was rushed to hos­pi­tal with mul­ti­ple or­gan fail­ure, but de­spite doc­tors’ ef­forts he died two days later.

His par­ents, Tim and Fiona, launched The Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foun­da­tion in the wake of the tragedy, to cam­paign for bet­ter drugs ed­u­ca­tion in schools.

Speak­ing at his son’s in­quest on Thurs­day last week, Mr Spar­goMabbs, 51, said: “We have seen the sort of hole that a death like this can leave. We have lived it for a year. And in re­sponse to it all we can find to do is of­fer our­selves in terms of the foun­da­tion, try­ing to pre­vent this hap­pen­ing to any other fam­ily.”

He added: “There’s no ver­bal­is­ing the loss we all feel and there’s no end to the pain his death leaves us with.

“What there is, how­ever, is a de­ter­mi­na­tion shared by his fam­ily, school, friends and church, that if we can pre­vent this hap­pen­ing to any­body else, that’s the best we can pray for now.”

Mrs Spargo-Mabbs, 47, called for drugs ed­u­ca­tion to be made manda­tory in schools. The cou­ple has been work­ing with play­wright Mark Wheller on a show ti­tled ‘I Love You, Mum. I Prom­ise I Won’t Die’ – Daniel’s fi­nal words to his mother – which they hope will be stud­ied in drama classes.

Daniel, known as Dan, had gone with friends on public trans­port to the il­le­gal rave on Jan­uary 17, trav­el­ling from Croydon, where his fam­ily lives.

The in­quest heard how his friends took their MDMA on the train, but Daniel swal­lowed his, dis­solved in wa­ter, at the party.

Paramedics found him slumped by a wall, un­con­scious and with a heart rate of 170 beats per minute and a tem­per­a­ture of 40.1C. He was rushed to Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal, in Pield Heath Road, where medics found he had hy­per­ther­mia and mul­ti­ple or­gan fail­ure. They trans­ferred him to Kings Col­lege Hos­pi­tal, in Cam­ber­well, but “ag­gres­sive” treat­ment soon proved “fu­tile” and he was pro­nounced dead at 2.36pm on Jan­uary 20, the in­quest was told.

Sarah Or­mond-Wal­she, as­sis­tant coro­ner for west Lon­don, recorded a con­clu­sion that the “fit and healthy” teenager’s death was drug-re­lated and gave the med­i­cal cause as mul­ti­ple or­gan fail­ure caused by MDMA (ec­stasy) in­tox­i­ca­tion.

She praised the fam­ily, the medics and the po­lice and promised to write an open let­ter to the foun­da­tion, de­tail­ing the events lead­ing up to the tragedy and ex­press­ing her sup­port.

The dealer who sup­plied the drugs, Nic­queel Pitrora, 18, was jailed for five years in Au­gust last year.

Speak­ing af­ter the in­quest, Mr Spargo-Mabbs said he hoped to be able to help Pitrora find work once he had com­pleted his sen­tence.

He said: “If I can do that, I’ll have taken a drug dealer off the streets, the only way I know it can hap­pen: fully and fi­nally.”

‘NO END TO PAIN’: Daniel Spar­goMabbs died af­ter tak­ing MDMA at a rave

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