A 22-year-old mother of two who was described as “loving” and “always laughing” passed quite suddenly from an asthma attack.
Amy Greenwood’s partner heard a “thud” upstairs and discovered Amy Greenwood unresponsive and not breathing.
She was sent to the hospital right away, but on October 21, 2022, she passed suddenly.
Her family and friends want to raise money for charity and raise awareness about the risks associated with asthma almost a year after her passing.
She was just a 22-year-old woman looking forward to the rest of her life, her mother Joanne told the Echo.
“We’ve missed her in so many ways over the past 12 months.
“I’ve realised how loved she was by everybody.”
Amy, an Asda employee from Skelmersdale, Lancashire, has “debilitating” asthma since she was three years old.
She managed her disease, which affects 5.4 million people in the UK, with medicine and frequent doctor visits, but she never had a really bad episode until two nights before she passed away.
Joanne recalls talking to her daughter that evening on FaceTime about how thrilled she was to have recently moved into a new home.
Amy, who was scheduled to wed in June, had recently purchased her daughter a Christmas pudding suit and was “upbeat and positive,” according to her mother.
“I didn’t for one minute think it would be the last time I saw her and spoke to her,” she added.
Keagan Boylan, Amy’s fiancé, heard a thud later that evening.
He walked upstairs and discovered her lying between the landing and their bedroom doorway, not breathing.
He called for an ambulance while performing CPR, and Amy was then transported to Wigan Infirmary.
She suffered a “severe” asthma episode that she was unable to recover from, according to the doctors, who shut off her life support system.
She’d had such a severe episode, according to Joanne. According to the hospital, neither you nor her were to blame; instead, an underlying infection or a common cold could have been the cause.
“It was that bad there was no resuscitating her from that.”
Speaking to Metro, she added: “Looking down at my beautiful daughter lying on a hospital bed, tears rolled down my cheeks.
“How had it come to this?
“Just hours earlier, she’d been chatting away to me. Now, she was lifeless in front of my eyes as family and friends leaned in to kiss her forehead and say their final goodbyes.
“For years, I’d watched Amy battle with asthma – still, I never imagined her condition would eventually kill her.
“‘Goodbye my angel,’ I whispered as I gave her my final kiss. My heart felt like it had been torn from my chest.”
The family wants to inform Brits about the dangers of not carrying an inhaler or using them as directed, as well as how dangerous asthma can be.
James, her brother, advised her to always use her inhalers and to take notice of any wheezing symptoms.
“Before an asthma attack, Amy always said she’d get an itchy chin, which sounds strange but others have said the same.
“But if you feel your chest tighten, that’s the main sign.”
Relatives are also hosting a charity ball and a raffle to raise funds for Asthma + Lung UK.
Joanne said: “It’s all about remembering Amy. She would be absolutely blown away if she knew the response we’ve had from people and the love people have shown her.
“She was a really good friend to people and she just loved her babies.”
Amy is survived by daughter Orla, one, and five-year-old son Bailey.