Mum of ecstasy death teen makes emotional plea to young people
The mother of a teenage girl who died after taking a lethal dose of ecstasy at a Dublin nightclub has urged young people to be aware and value their lives.
Ana Hick was 18 when she collapsed outside the Twisted Pepper nightclub on Dublin’s Middle Abbey Street on May 16 2015.
Emergency services performed CPR at the scene amid efforts to save her life and she was rushed to the Mater Hospital and placed in intensive care unit.
Her condition deteriorated and she was pronounced dead surrounded by family around 5pm the following day, May 17.
Ana, from Northcote Terrace in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, had been out celebrating the end of her first year in college with friends when she collapsed.
She was described as fun-loving, determined and ambitious in tributes from friends following her death. She was due to celebrate her 19th birthday two days after her death.
At the inquest into her death today Dr Niall Mulligan, who carried out the post mortem on Ana’s body, found that she had consumed a lethal dose of MDMA, more commonly known as ecstasy, and had suffered multi-organ failure as a result.
A verdict of death by misadventure was recorded by the coroner Dr Myra Cullinane.
Following the verdict Ana’s mother Elga Hick first thanked the Gardai and the office of the Coroner for all their hard work, time and efforts in compiling the facts for the inquest.
"I'd like to thank all who attended for showing such bravery in reliving the most painful and tragic events of last May, for standing up to have their witness statements read,” she said.
“Theses efforts will establish the facts, and the facts will spread awareness for the greater good,” she added.
Finishing her statement, Elga said:”Just a message to all young children out there. You are special. There is only one of you in the world. You cannot be replaced. Value your life higher. Be aware."