Jun 16 2010 by Gordon Robertson, Airdrie & Coatbridge
A DEVASTATED mum has told of a family’s enormous grief over the sudden death of her beautiful daughter.
Tragic Tammy Battles (22), passed away after suffering a diabetic attack at her Airdrie home.
The young Gartlea woman, who had a “joy for life”, left behind a family struggling to cope with their terrible loss.
Mum Wilma said: “I had 22 precious years with Tammy that can never be replaced.
“This has been a devastating shock and my life changed from the moment I lost her. I still can’t believe that she is gone.”
Wilma found Tammy in her bed when she went to wake her up for work at Kwik-Fit Insurance.
She was unconscious and dad Tommy did all he could to revive his daughter before paramedics took over.
It is thought she suffered a hypoglycaemic attack, in which the blood sugar level drops below a certain point, during her sleep, and never recovered.
Tammy was taken by ambulance from her Hillhead Drive home to Monklands Hospital but medical staff were unable to save her.
Despite living through the greatest nightmare any parent could face, Wilma paid tribute to hospital staff, including resident chaplain Father Owen Ness.
Recalling the tragic events of last Tuesday morning, she said: “They were trying to keep me out of the room when they were attempting to revive Tammy, but it was my child.
“They couldn’t keep me away, but we knew she was gone.
“At the hospital they couldn’t do anything for Tammy, but they were really wonderful, especially one male nurse who was so kind.
“Father Ness also gathered everyone together and said some lovely words and I would like to thank him and all the staff at the hospital. They conducted themselves with such dignity.”
Tammy will live forever in the hearts of Wilma, Tommy and brother Scott and it’s hard to imagine anything that can fill the “gaping loss” in their lives.
But Wilma said that the many cards, flowers and messages the family received has helped them cope with their sad loss and grief.
She said: “I would like to thank everyone for their support which has been amazing. People have been wonderful.
“We have had Tammy’s friends coming to the door and have so many cards. The reaction has been a comfort and has helped us.”
Tammy, who was a former pupil of Airdrie Academy, gained an arts degree from the University of the West of Scotland and hoped to become a drama teacher.
She had many interests and lived a full life in which her family was the focal point.
Many online tributes have been made to Tammy and all paint a picture of a popular young woman who had so much to live for.
Thousands have visited the special page set up by Tammy’s aunt Margaret on the gonetoosoon website.
One message, from a friend named Georgie, said: “The world will miss your talent, charm, beautiful smile and amazing sense of humour.”
Another message from Jaime Marie paid tribute to a “kind caring person”.
Tammy will be laid to rest at Coltswood Cemetery tomorrow (Thursday) after a service at Coatbridge Funeral Home (McLaren’s) in Sunnyside Road at 12.30pm.
To see tributes to Tammy visit gonetoosoon.org