Mum’s pain as mystery surrounds sudden death of her ‘loving and caring’ daughter


A grief-stricken mum has told of her anguish after her only child who was found dead by her housemate in their student digs.

Sue Wood from Burton, Staffordshire, has opened up about the tragic sudden death of her daughter Amber who was just 20.

In a further horrific twist, a post-mortem proved inconclusive so Sue still has unanswered questions about her ‘loving and caring’ daughter’s death.

She faces an agonising wait to find out how Amber died, with her inquest yet to be scheduled.

The 56-year-old Asda worker told DerbyshireLive of the agonising moment she found out Amber, who was in her third year studying psychology at University of Derby had died.

She said: “It was October 1 and I got the phone call from her housemate, I just felt numb.

“I just got in the car and got myself over there and saw a couple of police cars and a paramedic car, with a police officer outside the house. It was all very surreal.

“It was not until I got home that the enormity of what had happened really hit me.

“I was heartbroken and there were a lot of tears. It’s been so painful.

“I didn’t sleep that night – I was up all night just wondering why it had happened.

“Having collected her things, I just haven’t been in the right frame of mind to sort them out.

“There’s only so much I can do before it feels like enough’s enough and I can’t go on.

“Rummaging through her belongings, I find things I bought for her and birthday and Christmas presents and it just hits you so hard.”

Ms Wood told of how Amber – who loved baking and was treasurer of the university baking society – would always help those in need.

She said: “She was very loving and caring.

“A lot of her friends would have problems with their studies and she’d say to them, ‘I’ll help you’.

“If anyone was struggling, she’d be there for them, even if it was the middle of the night.

“She was very organised and would plan all her work. She was so passionate about her degree.

“We’d even been looking at doing a medicine degree after she’d finished at Derby.

“I told her ‘whatever you want to do, I’ll support you’.

“We were so close, with it just being the two of us when she was growing up.

“She struggled with hypermobility and some days it would be really painful, but she was determined not to let it hold her back.”

She had only recently reached out to her estranged half-brother, who she had met up with a number of times before she died.