Pershore teen died of natural causes

By Gary Smee 01/03 Updated: 01/03 15:21

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Buy photos » Tributes have been paid in memory of Pershore High School student Scott Holden who died on Christmas Eve.

A TEENAGER found dead in his bedroom on Christmas Eve suffered an epileptic fit triggered by an undetected brain tumour an inquest has heard.

Scott Holden was discovered on his bed by his disabled father, Nick, at their Newlands home just hours after they had been Christmas shopping together.

The inquest at Worcestershire Coroner's Court on Tuesday (February 28) heard how the 16-year-old Pershore High School student returned home from the shops about 11am and went to bed after complaining he felt tired.

At 2pm Mr Holden called up to Scott to check if he was okay and he replied he was "just resting."

A couple of hours later Mr Holden then realised he had forgotten to buy some things from the shops.

Mr Holden is confined to a wheelchair because of his ill health and so his usual way of getting Scott's attention was to bang the end of a mop on the ceiling.

He did this but when he got no response from his son he became concerned.

Mr Holden then struggled up the stairs and found his son lying on the bed. He called the emergency services but Scott was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post mortem examination found Scott had a brain tumour about 2cm in diameter which had caused a fatal epileptic fit.

Coroner Geraint Williams said Scott was an otherwise fit and healthy teenager who had never smoked or drunk alcohol and helped care for his disabled father when he was at home.

The coroner concluded he had died of natural causes.

Scott, who loved football and played for Drakes Broughton Rangers Football Club, was remembered by hundreds of people at a special match in his honour last month.

His home club played a team made up of players from other clubs in the league and the event raised a total of £1,600 for Midlands Air Ambulance - a charity chosen by Scott's family.

This figure could rise to more than £2,000 thanks to a grand prize draw, the winners of which will be announced at the club's presentation night in May.

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