Parents need death answers

John and Jane Baxter, whose son 33-year-old Damian (below) was found dead in a flat, say they need answers about how he died.
John and Jane Baxter, whose son 33-year-old Damian (below) was found dead in a flat, say they need answers about how he died.
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THE grieving parents of a Blackpool father found dead in a flat are calling for answers following his tragic death.

John and Jane Baxter were left devastated after receiving a heart-breaking phone call from the police to say their son Damian had died in a flat on King George Avenue in Blackpool.

Damian Baxter

Damian Baxter

An inquest was initially opened but then closed after tests confirmed the 33-year-old, of Redcar Road, North Shore, had died of natural causes.

But Mr and Mrs Baxter, who live in the Loire Valley in France, say they still have questions unanswered about the circumstances surrounding his death.

Mrs Baxter, 68, said: “I’ve got a great big brick wall in front of me and I need to chip away at it to find out what happened.

“An ambulance was called to that flat because he’d collapsed.

“The paramedics injected him and he didn’t come round so 10 minutes later he got another injection. He woke up and they stayed with him for two hours.

“But if they had taken him to accident and emergency they might have found the blockage in his artery and fixed it.

“They were only seven minutes away from the hospital.”

Hours after being seen by paramedics, Mr Baxter, a father-of-one who worked as a doorman in Blackpool, was found dead in the same flat on September 6 last year.

Health officials have since confirmed he died from an undiagnosed heart defect, which meant his left artery had narrowed to the size of a pinhead.

Mrs Baxter added: “He was the best natured boy you’d ever meet.

“There’s not a single minute of the day I don’t think about him.

“We need to find out why this happened. I’m not going to let it drop.”

And Mr Baxter, 71, added: “He was my pal, my friend.”

The ambulance service say they are happy to talk in detail about their response to the initial emergency call.

A spokesman for the North West Ambulance Service said: “The trust offers condolences to the family of Mr Baxter.

“Should they wish to obtain any further information with regards to our response, we respectfully ask them to make contact with us.”