‘Beautiful’ teen girl, 15, collapsed and died after choking on food in family kitchen

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A “FIT and healthy” teenager, 15, dropped down dead in her family kitchen after choking on food.

Abby Reese Beaumont started coughing and collapsed in April this year – leaving her family devastated by her sudden death.

Abby’s dad praised the school and Abby’s friends for their “overwhelming” support since the tragedy and paid tribute to them for giving his family comfort
A pathologist said Abby had choked on food and gave a provisional cause of death as “foreign body aspiration caused by food stuffs”

Darren, Abby’s mum Alison and sister Jessica, 13, from Mold, Wales, have waited five months for answers over her cause of death.

At an inquest opened in Ruthin, a pathologist said Abby had choked on food and gave a provisional cause of death as “foreign body aspiration caused by food stuffs”.

In anticipation of the preliminary hearing earlier this week, Darren said he went into Alun School, Mold, where Abby attended, to explain what had happened to her devastated fellow pupils.

The 51-year-old praised the school and Abby’s friends for their “overwhelming” support since the tragedy and paid tribute to them for giving his family comfort.

He said: “For five months we’ve been hanging in limbo waiting for answers over Abby’s death.

When Abby died, it was more like losing a friend. That’s the kind of relationship we had.


Darren

“We wanted to know what the cause of death was, we waited a long time and we questioned everything.

“We thought Abby was in perfect health and she was. It is such a sad way to die and we have been through a roller coaster of emotions and we are devastated.

“But we want to express our gratitude to the school and the children, some of them have been so special to us it’s been incredible.”

Remembering fonder times with his eldest child, Darren said they loved to go to America as a family.

“Memories that can never be replaced” include taking his girls to see Father Christmas in Lapland while they still believed in him and going to Disney World in Florida.

Darren said: “The way we’ve brought our children up, they were both very mature.

“When Abby died, it was more like losing a friend. That’s the kind of relationship we had.

“Abby was beautiful, outgoing and confident but nice and caring with it and she always looked out for younger children.
“She loved languages and could speak French and Welsh fluently.


“She was doing remarkably well at school and had only just started talking about what she wanted to do with her future.

“We always spent Saturday afternoons together when we’d go out for a meal as a family.

“Abby was happy to be among friends and was equally happy in her own company.

“She didn’t always feel the need to have to surround herself with lots of friends but the amount of people who came to us after she died proved how many people it had affected far and wide and how much she was loved by so many.”

A full inquest into Abby’s death will be held next year.


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