Bradley Watson’s family have paid tribute after he collapsed on the floor of his aunt’s Grimsby home and suffered cardiac arrest
Image: Jodie Watson / MEN Media)
A father who died tragically young was remembered by his family as a “happy” and “smiley” man who wanted “to get on the right track”.
The loved ones of the tragic Bradley Watson have paid tribute to the father who died of a heart attack aged 22 following an inquest into his death.
Bradley reportedly collapsed on the bathroom floor at his aunt’s home in Grimsby on December 2, 2020 Grimsby Live.
An inquest at Cleethorpes Town Hall found he suffered cardiac arrest when he was just 22 years old.
An autopsy revealed that an artery to his heart was severely blocked. His aunt Lisa Watson called 999 when his girlfriend, who also lived in the house, raised the alarm.
In her narration, Assistant Medical Examiner Jane Eatock said the cardiac arrest left his brain starved of oxygen and he died four days later at Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital.
Bradley’s family said he had suffered from seizures since he was arrested aged 18 after he was suspected of being involved in an armed robbery at Grimsby’s East Marsh.
They told how he suffered a head injury and was treated at the hospital.
The assistant coroner said medical records for his treatment after his arrest showed there were no permanent injuries. He was given medication to control the effects of his seizures.
Miss Eatock said there was no direct connection to the arrest and its subsequent confiscations. Bradley continued to suffer from seizures in prison, the inquest found.
The assistant coroner said it was unusual to find such a badly blocked left ventricle in a 22-year-old.
She said it was expected for someone in their eighties.
She concluded: “It’s a medical incident. Drugs played no role in his death. There are no natural causes. It’s an indirect connection to drugs.”
She added, “Due to his previous drug use, he would always have been at risk.”
She told loved ones they did everything they could to raise the alarm and that paramedics and hospital staff did everything they could.
According to a statement by his girlfriend, he has turned his back on drugs since his release from prison.
But he continued to suffer from dizzy spells. She said: “It was a shock that one minute we were talking and the next minute he was dead.”
Bradley’s aunt Lisa Watson told how he first suffered from seizures when he was 18 when he was arrested by police in Elsenham Road, Grimsby, after a scuffle with police ensued.
She said after the hearing, “Bradley was so happy and always smiling.” His mother, Jodie Watson, said, “He was trying to get on the right track and make a fresh start. He planned to get his own apartment, a job, and access to his daughter.”
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