A mother who is bringing up her two grandchildren after her three daughters all died in separate tragedies said today: ‘I have to protect them – I am all they have left’.
Samantha Dorricott, 44, from South Wales, has today told of her triple heartache over the losses of Emilie, Abbie and Amy in a series of unconnected deaths since 2009.
The mother-of-four is now bringing up her grandchildren Jenson, four, and Chantelle, three.’
She said: ‘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’.
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.’
SOURCE: MARTIN ROBINSON