Mum forced to turn off daughter’s life support machine after heart attack

A mum made the devastating decision to turn off her teenage daughter's life support machine after she suffered asthma and heart attacks.

Lauren Reid, 19, fell seriously ill at work but failed to ever regain consciousness and her mum Elaine Cunningham was forced to make the hardest decision of her life.

The talented chef and football fan worked at bar Gin71 in Merchant City, Glasgow, and was rushed to hospital on Friday, February 7 but died four days later.

Lauren, who lived in Dennistoun with her parents, had reportedly felt breathless on her shift so went outside for some air before collapsing, reports the Daily Record.


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A massive Rangers supporter, the tragic teen will be remembered by fellow fans during the club's home match with Livingston on Saturday afternoon by holding a minute's applause in the 19th minute.

In an emotional post on Facebook, Elaine said: "The hardest post ever ever in world. 2 days ago on Tuesday I had switch off my beautiful baby daughters life support.

"Lauren Reid had a massive asthma and heart attack at her beloved work  Gin 71 on Fri 7th.

 "The wonderful beautiful caring person died doing the job she loved. The support has been absolutely immense everybody knows who they are.

"She is now with the angels to and she passed to Robbie's song. She was the most amazing person never mind daughter and I thank  everybody from the bottom of my heart for the support."

Elaine's post has been shared hundreds of times with many people leaving tributes to Lauren.

Gin71 paid tribute to their "talented" chef who had flourished since starting as an apprentice at 16.

In a statement on Facebook, they wrote: "It is with great sadness that we share news about a much loved member of the Cup and Gin71 family.

"Lauren Reid, one of our talented chefs, took ill last Friday night during shift at Gin71  Merchant City. Lauren passed away on Tuesday at the age of just 19.

"Lauren started an apprenticeship with us at the age of 16 and had since flourished into a confident member of our kitchen team at Cup and Gin71."

The Facebook account for the Louden Tavern wrote: "Lauren Reid, a young 19-year-old Rangers fan tragically passed away last Friday.

"She was just qualified as a Chef and was working in  Gin 71 in the Merchant City, she had an asthma attack felt breathless and went outside for a bit of air.

"While outside Lauren had a Heart attack and never regained consciousness. She was surrounded by her family when the Life Support machines were switched off, she died with Rangers top on and her Fernando scarf draped round her.

"She lived with her Mum and Dad, Elaine and John in  Dennistoun.

"Her family are completely devastated and have asked if it is possible for her fellow bears to have a round of applause on the 19th minute of this Saturday's game against Livingston.

"If possible. Can everyone share this on social media, please? Puts everything into perspective. Rest in peace Lauren."

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