Mum called daughter to say she couldn’t breathe but died before she arrived

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A mum called her daughter to tell her she could not breathe in the middle of the night, but died before she could get there, an inquest heard.

Ann-Marie Brett, 52, passed away in Diana, Princess of Wales hospital, after suffering a cardiac arrest at her home in Grimsby on June 13.

Her daughter Leanne Brett told Grimsby Town Hall her mum, from Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, called her around midnight saying she was struggling to breathe.

She called an ambulance from her house and went to her mum’s home, but by the time she got there, Ann-Marie had sadly passed away.

Leanne said she had visited her mum earlier in the day and she “was her normal, happy self”.

A post mortem examination revealed she died from drug abuse after taking an excessive amount of amphetamine, the inquest heard. She also suffered acute heart disease.

The mother-of-four worked at The New Imperial Club in Cleethorpes and was popular among the customers and staff.

Leanne, who left the family home in 2019 but regularly visited her mum, said Ann-Marie occasionally smoked cannabis.

“She was a private person and did not like talking about her past,” Leanne said.

“I visited her that day and she was her normal, happy self. She never said she was having problems with drugs.

“She rang me at about 12.50am asking me to help her as she could not breathe.

“I rang for an ambulance from my house and went round to her house.”

She met a friend of Ann-Marie’s, Mark Sarjantson, who lived across the road and had rushed over to help her.

He said he found her lying on the hallway floor.

When paramedics arrived they treated her and took her to hospital, but despite trying to revive her for nearly an hour, emergency surgeons could not get her out of cardiac arrest.

Mr Sarjantson, who had known Ann-Marie for 15 years, described her as “a strong, powerhouse” and they often socialised at her home.

Humberside Police officers found a bag with white powder in it when they visited her home.

Post mortem examination details revealed the amount of amphetamine in her body was at a lethal level.

Grimsby and North Lincolnshire senior coroner, Mark Kendall, daughter Leanne Brett saidsaid her chronic heart disease was a factor in her tragic death.

“Taking the drugs was clearly the final straw and the cause of death is due to using the drug. Contributing to that was the heart disease. She took too much for her already-compromised heart,” he said.

Mr Kendall recorded a conclusion of drug-related death.