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Thursday, 28 December 2017

Heartbreak Of Mother 44, Who Lost Three Daughters: Left Bringing Up Her Grandchildren After Her Daughters Died In Separate Tragedies Over Eight Years

Welsh mum bringing up grandchildren after daughters died
Samantha Dorricott, 44, from South Wales, has today told of her triple heartache over the losses of Abbie (top right with daughter Chantelle) Emilie and Amy (together bottom right) in a series of unconnected deaths since 2009. Samantha, who also has a son, suffered every parent's worst nightmare when her three daughters all died in harrowing circumstances. 

Abbie Bloodworth with her daughter Chantelle taken two days before she died in a chip pan fire last year

The mother-of-four is now bringing up her grandchildren Jenson, four, and Chantelle, three, (pictured together) because she has a 'job to do.' She said: 'I am determined to be the best grandma and mum to them that I can be. After all, I am all they have left.' Ms Dorricott added: 'Losing one child is unimaginable, but I have lost all three of my daughters - all in tragic circumstances. No matter how much time passes I will never come to terms with it'.

'When I see Jenson and Chantelle smile at me I know my girls are still here. I tell them I love them at least a thousand times a day'.

She added: 'I am determined to be the best grandma and mum to them that I can be. After all, I am all they have left.'

Samantha, who also has a son, suffered every parent's worst nightmare when her three daughters all died in harrowing circumstances. 

She said: 'My two beautiful grandchildren have both lost their mothers and I have to be here for them to protect them'.
Abbie Bloodworth with daughter Chantelle before her death in a fire last year in South Wales aged 19
Abbie Bloodworth with daughter Chantelle before her death in a fire last year in South Wales aged 19

She added: 'There is nothing like a mother's love and I will do all that I can to make sure my grandchildren know who their mums are.

'I have pictures of the all my daughters on display in the living room and Chantelle and Jenson kiss their photographs and tell them that they love them all the time. It is part of our daily ritual. 

'Strangers mistake me for an older mum when they see me hand in hand with the children. Of course no one could imagine walking by the tragedy behind our smiles'. 

Samantha's first heartache came in 2009 when her 15-year-old daughter Emilie died at a friend's party.

The teenager, whose dream was to be a school teacher and travel the world, fell unconscious after experimenting with drugs and died outside a flat.

Samantha, of Treorchy, South Wales, said: 'The days that followed after her death were beyond unimaginable.

'I had done everything to protect my daughter. I tortured myself wondering if things could have turned out differently.'

The family were dealt another devastating blow three years later when Amy, 21, died.

Amy was mum to eleven-month-old Jenson when she suffered two massive strokes.

Doctors said there was no hope for Amy, who was also found to have cancer in the bowel and liver, and her life support was turned off.

Samantha said: 'Amy was my eldest and born with health problems. She was told it was dangerous to get pregnant.

'After she gave birth she suffered lots of infection and only had one lung working. But in spite of it all she adored being a mum to him and he loved her so much; they were inseparable.'

Samantha had three daughters Emilie, Abbie and Amy (from left to right) and has a surviving son Nathan (centre) pictured 


Samantha became the legal guardian to her grandson and was determined to keep hold of her last surviving daughter Abbie.

But in a tragic twist of fate Abbie, 19, left a chip pan on when she fell asleep and died from smoke inhalation in August 2016.

Samantha had been babysitting four-year-old Chantelle when she realised she hadn't heard from Abbie and knew something was wrong.

Samantha said: 'I raced round to her house and banged on the door. Then I saw the little black specks of soot on the windowsill.
Emilie, pictured, left a giant hole in the family and all three sisters are buried together in South WalesAbbie, pictured, left a giant hole in the family and all three sisters are buried together in South Wales
Emilie, left, and Abbie, right, both left giant holes in the family and all three sisters are buried together in South Wales

'I looked through the letterbox and I could see it - thick black smoke'.

Samantha called her partner Robert Davies, 37, who banged down the door and found Abbie slumped on the sofa inside.

Abbie's footprints had been in the carpet where she had tried to get out of the house.

Samantha is now bringing up her grandchildren with the help of her son Nathan, 18, and her partner Robert.

She said: 'Jenson is so much like Amy - he is sweet and sensitive and he loved to be fussed and is always asking me to pull his socks up.

'Chantelle is a mini version of Abbie - she's feisty and independent and bossy.'

Samantha's three daughters are now buried together.
Samantha, who also has a son, suffered every parent's worst nightmare after losing all her daughters and is now bringing up her grandchildren (pictured together)
Samantha said: 'When Abbie died in 2016 I went to the morgue to see her. It was the worst moment of my life. She still had soot on her face. The post mortem confirmed she had died from smoke inhalation.

'Telling Chantelle was the hardest thing I've ever had to do but I had to stay strong and positive. She needed me more than ever and I gently told her she was going to come and live with me.'

'We placed teddy bears from me and Chantelle in her Abbie's coffin. We played her favourite songs Dance With My Father by Luther Vandross and Ed Sheeran's Thinking Out Loud.  

'My living room is adorned with photos of the girls. I am determined to keep their memories alive and I will tell the children how wonderful their mums were.   

'I count my blessings in spite of everything. My three beautiful daughters are buried together. They were always together in life so it couldn't be any other way.

'I miss them all so, so much. Sometimes it is hard to bear. Life has been so cruel. I have lost so much but I still have so much to live for'.

An inquest last year heard how Abbie Bloodworth had died at home after a night out with friends. 

Ms Bloodworth was due to pick up her daughter at around 8.30am the following morning but when she failed to turn up her mother said she started to worry. 

She went to her daughter's house and raised the alarm after noticing soot on the window and the smell of smoke through the letter box.

The court heard how Ms Bloodworth's stepfather Robert Davies forced his way into the property and found her 'slumped over the sofa'.  

Her mother said in a statement: 'I couldn't believe it happened – especially with what happened with my other daughters'.  

In her statement Ms Dorricott said she had warned her daughter not to cook if she went on a night out.

This was because she had previously left a pizza in the oven two years earlier.

Desribing their last conversation her mother said: 'When I left I said 'Love you' and she said 'I love you too' and gave me a cwtch'. 

Dean Loader, a fire investigator at South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said the fire was likely to have been caused by a chip pan being left on the heat. 




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