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Grieving mum puts Christmas on hold to plan son's funeral

SUFFERING: Mother Morna

A DEVASTATED mum whose 28-year-old son died in hospital five days after being released from prison earlier this year is spending Christmas preparing for his funeral.

Aaron Edmondson died on April 30 this year following his release from HMP Stoke Heath in Shropshire. He had been receiving treatment for a gunshot wound he sustained during an incident in Birmingham city centre in 2008 which had become septic on several occasions over the years.

Aaron, who is the grandson of legendary Jamaican record producer, the late Clement Seymour ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd, was admitted to Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital on April 29. He was vomiting and complaining of blurred vision, but he died a day later. Doctors told his family he had suffered a cardiac arrest.

The family claim that Aaron was not allowed to keep hospital appointments for his injury while he was in jail. They also feel that the hospital did not react quickly enough to his rapidly deteriorating condition when he was taken into A & E by his brother on April 29.

DEATH: Aaron Edmondson

A full inquest into Aaron’s death is to be held on March 17, 2015, at Birmingham Coroner’s Court and his mother Morna is hopeful that both his funeral and the inquest will bring some closure for the family.

“Christmas is on hold for us all this year, but at least we are now able to put Aaron to rest,” said Morna, who along with Aaron’s partner Elise Grant, says she has a lot of unanswered questions surrounding her son’s death.

She said: “Aaron had so much to live for and look forward to because he had turned his life around and had a good future ahead of him.

“The prison and the hospital were there to support Aaron, but we as a family feel he was badly let down by both. We are determined to seek out the truth and find out what happened.”

Aaron had spent time in jail at both HMP Stoke Heath and also HMP Birmingham in Winson Green.

Morna has recently launched a charity simply named Aaron after her son which aims to raise money to support people who die in similar circumstances to her beloved son. They hope to boost funds by releasing a record in 2015.

Aaron’s funeral is being held at 12 noon on Monday (Dec 29) at St Martin’s in the Bullring in Birmingham city centre. The family and mourners are planning to walk behind his coffin in a planned walk of respect which will begin at 11am from the Second City Banqueting Suite in Sherlock Street before arriving at St Martin’s.

At the time of Aaron’s death in April, a spokesperson for Birmingham’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, told The Voice: “The trust extends condolences to Mr Edmondson’s family at this difficult time. His death is subject to an investigation and we are unable to comment further.”

A National Offender Management Service spokesperson, representing HMP Birmingham and HMP Stoke Heath, said: “It would be inappropriate to comment while investigations are ongoing. We will consider the outcomes to see if there are any lessons to be learned.”

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