A teenage cancer survivor who ‘hated drugs’ died after taking ecstasy, an inquest heard.
Sherie-Lea James, 15, had a heart attack after taking the Class A drug just hours after telling her mother she was ‘loving life’.
An inquest was opened into the teenager’s death at Chelmsford Coroner’s Court on Wednesday
Her mother, Sam James, 43, has said she thinks a liver transplant her daughter underwent as she battled cancer as a baby made her body more vulnerable.
She said she was ‘anti-drugs’ and that her friends ‘weren’t interested’ either.
Sherie-Lea had been staying with a friend, also 15, when they visited a 29-year-old’s man one-bedroom flat in a deprived part of South Ockendon, Essex.
The pair both took ecstasy, and while the other girl survived, Sherie-Lea’s weaker immune system due to her liver transplant is thought to have contributed to her death.
Sam said Sherie-Lea was also on medication to stop her body rejecting the liver and whenever she was ill it was ‘twice as bad and for twice as long’ as everyone else.
Paramedics fought to save Sherie-Lea but she was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at Basildon Hospital, Essex, in the early hours of September 1 last year.
Following Sherie-Lea’s death, Sam pleaded with other teens to stay away from drugs.
‘I have lost my daughter and I will never get over that. If one good thing can come out of this I hope that kids think twice about taking drugs,’ she said.
‘My life will never been the same again without my beautiful girl. I just can’t see why she ended up in that situation?
‘If it makes one person think before taking something then I suppose that’s something I can take from it.’
A full inquest into Sherie-Lea’s death will take place later this year.
A 19-year-old from South Ockendon and a 29-year-old from London were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply drugs and remain on police bail.