A devastated mother has called her daughter’s death a “life sentence of sadness”.
Ann Flood’s daughter Emma discovered she had cervical cancer more than five years ago and received various treatments, including surgery.
Emma had apparently recovered for a few years after her treatment. the Liverpool Echo reports.
Later, as a teaching assistant, Emma planned to move out of the family home in December 2017 when the tragedy struck a second time.
Ann had gone to Emma’s room one morning to wake her up, but found her daughter “twisted and unconscious” in her bed.
When Ann discovered that her pillow was covered in blood and could not wake her, Ann immediately called an ambulance and Emma was taken to the hospital.
Emma had had a seizure and bit her tongue causing the bleeding.
Just two hours after Emma was admitted, the family received devastating news that they had a brain tumor.
Surgery and radiation therapy soon followed, and Emma began to show promising signs of recovery.
Months later, however, an MRI scan showed the tumor had returned and the family was told it was inoperable and that doctors could only treat Emma with radiation therapy.
Unfortunately she got more and more dangerous seizures and in September last year Emma was back in the hospital.
Ann, who also works for the NHS, was allowed to visit her daughter. Ann said, “Every day she said, ‘Mom, please take me home.'”
While her daughter was being treated at Whiston Hospital, Ann received a call from doctors telling her that Emma was no longer available.
Ann said, “I went into her room and said,“ Emma, what time of the day do you call this darling?
“She woke up and said ‘hello mom’.”
Much to the doctor’s surprise, Ann’s voice had succeeded in rousing her daughter. A few days later, however, Emma’s condition worsened and it was recommended that she be taken to the Marie Curie Hospice in Woolton for terminal care.
Ann said, “They were wonderfully looked after, they are amazing.
“I held her hand and sang her songs. She was only there two days.”
In February of this year, two days after being admitted to the hospice, Emma died at the age of only 41.
Ann described her daughter and her “beautiful smile”: “She was silly and funny. She would go to the end of the world for her friends.
“She had the most beautiful smile. She was just so generous and caring.”
Months after Emma’s death, Ann describes her loss as “lifelong sadness”.
People took to Facebook after Emma’s death and many commented on the positive impact she had on everyone she met.
Many expressed how “beautiful” and “sweet” she was as a person and how she would always miss her “stunning smile”.
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