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Friday, 28 November 2014

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Barrow mother dies six months after 18-year-old son

A FAMILY have been left reeling after the shock death of a dedicated mum described as a “pure diamond” just six months after her 18-year-old son died.

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Lisa Opie pictured with her son Thomas, who died after an epileptic fit in June 2013. Mrs Opie has died in hospital after an operation

The double tragedy has left Kevin Opie and his children devastated as they try to come to terms with what has happened.

Lisa Opie died in Furness General Hospital on Sunday after picking up an infection following an operation.

Her husband said she had gone into Royal Preston Hospital because of an ovarian cyst on Boxing Day and was operated on the following day.

The 43-year-old, of Westway, Barrow, was transferred back to FGH and passed away in intensive care.

Her son, Thomas Opie died in June after suffering an epileptic fit. He was described by his family as a fantastic person who was the life and soul of the party and touched and changed the lives of people he met.

Mr Opie, 54, said his two children Scott and Rebekah and his brother-in-law were keeping him going as they all pulled together to deal with the grief.

He said: “Devastated is an understatement. We are trying to pull through this as a family.

“She was a fantastic person. A pure diamond. She never had a bad word to say about anyone. She was a good mum and was like a sister to my daughter.

“When I first met her she knew she wanted a family and after the first baby that was it. She dedicated herself to being a mother. She just had that maternal instinct. She loved making cards but it was looking after her family which made her happy.

“You couldn’t wish to meet a nicer person.

“We are all going to stand together to get through this.

“The only positive thought I can have is that she is now with Thomas and her mum and dad and I hope they are all together.”

Mr Ian Smith, the coroner for south and east Cumbria, has been informed.

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So sad. R.I.P. TO Lisa and her son.

Posted by liz on 10 January 2014 at 06:33

Tragic.

Posted by Mike on 9 January 2014 at 08:38

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