The 34-year-old mother, who became addicted to heroin while trying to be the sole survivor of a car accident that killed three friends, died of sepsis caused by her drug use
- Stacey Haslam was the only survivor of a crash that killed three of her friends
- The “wonderful” 34-year-old from Bolton could not overcome a drug addiction
- She died of sepsis after prolonged heroin use caused an abscess on her leg
- According to Coroner, the life of the mother of two was ruined by her lifestyle after the 2011 crash
A mother who became addicted to heroin after struggling to be the sole survivor of a car accident that killed three of her friends died of sepsis caused by long-term drug use.
The mother of two, Stacey Haslam, 34, suffered serious injuries when her friend’s car hit a lamp post and overturned on the A666 in Darwen, Lancashire in October 2011.
A coroner heard that the crash had a long-term impact on Stacey’s life when she became addicted to cocaine and heroin.
In July of that year she was admitted to the Royal Bolton Hospital with a leg abscess, believed to be the result of prolonged heroin abuse.
She died three days later after developing sepsis.
Coroner Alan Walsh described Stacey as a “good mother” whose “life was ruined by her lifestyle.”
Stacey Haslam, 34, has died nine years after a terrible accident that killed three of her friends. The life of the mother of two has been “destroyed” by her lifestyle, a coroner said after hearing that she was unable to beat heroin addiction and crack cocaine after the crash
Helen Openshaw (38) died in 2011 at the site of the terrible crash, while Roy O’Brien (33) and Lee Amos (39) died in hospital shortly afterwards.
Stacey’s mother, Mandy Haslam, had told the coroner’s court how her daughter struggled with addiction and depression after the tragic death.
She said her daughter complained of contact leg pain on July 4, but initially refused to go to the hospital.
Stacey was finally admitted on July 6th and suffered from leg swelling and symptoms of sepsis.
Paul Harris, a consultant surgeon at Royal Bolton Hospital, said staff tried to treat the infection with antibiotics and needed repeated resuscitation.
However, Stacey gradually became unresponsive to treatment before suffering from multiple organ failures.
She was pronounced dead in hospital on July 9th.
An autopsy revealed that her death was caused by septicemia caused by an abscess in her leg, which was due to repeated injections of medication.
The investigation found that Stacey had been sent to Bolton’s Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service ACHIEVE but was unable to overcome her addiction.
The Bolton Coroner Court recorded a drug-related death conclusion in the case of Stacey Haslam, who had a 17-year-old son and a 13-year-old daughter
Ms. Haslam said her daughter was “wonderful” and would be missed by her 17-year-old son and her own 13-year-old daughter
But she said Stacey struggled to cope with the aftermath of her actions and was unable to change her lifestyle after the fatal crash.
In his conclusion, the coroner said: “She was a young woman with children who, according to her family, had been a good daughter, a good mother and someone whose life had been ruined by her lifestyle.
“It had developed after a very serious road collision when she suffered very serious injuries and was the only survivor.”
He recorded a conclusion about drug-related death.