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Daughter of Anita Rooney killed in hospital fall recalls painful final moments with mother

By Nevin Farrell

Published 23/05/2016

The funeral of Anita Rooney took place yesterday
The funeral of Anita Rooney took place yesterday
The Dungannon woman with daughter Chloe

The grieving daughter of a Dungannon businesswoman who died after a fall in a Northern Ireland hospital has told of her poignant last meeting with her mother.

Anita Rooney (50) died in the incident at Craigavon Area Hospital last week. Her family have said she took her own life.

Her daughter Chloe (19) told how her mother had asked her to promise to take her home just hours before she died.

Chloe penned an emotional tribute on social media, after a funeral service was held for her mother at St Patrick's Church in Dungannon.

Mrs Rooney (50), who fell at the hospital on Wednesday, was a highly respected businesswoman specialising in the recruitment sector.

She was described as a "true lady" and a "friend to everyone".

Hundreds of tributes have been paid to the mother-of-three, who was originally from Maghery in Co Armagh.

She was married to Michael, and was mother to Thomas, Natalie and Chloe.

As the family attempt to come to terms with the tragedy, Chloe was praised by friends on social media for her bravery and honesty in articulating her thoughts on Facebook.

Chloe explained how her mother had been found distressed and she was then taken to hospital.

She said: "My aunty then collected me and took me to the hospital, where I saw my mother in a state I never wish I would have.

"However, I felt relieved that she was in hospital and what I thought at the time was safe for her. I thought to myself, finally this is the help she needs.

"After staying for a few hours in hospital with her I said my goodbyes and told her I'd see her tomorrow. My father asked the nurse to keep an extra eye on mummy and then we went home at about half 10/11 that night.

"After me and my father came home we got two phone calls from my mother, where she told us she loved us and said, 'Promise me I'll be home tomorrow'.

"After a sleepless night from my father, who was up from all hours we received a phone call at about 11:30am on Wednesday the 18th saying my mother was seriously ill and that we needed to get to the hospital urgently.

"As soon as we arrived we were taken into a small room where we found out my mother passed away. I have never felt sicker in my life, I couldn't believe it, and still can't.

"I just wish my mummy was still here today. She was amazing and had so much life left in her".

Chloe added: "Please, please, please, if you feel depressed or sad or suspect someone you know feels like this, please talk to your loved ones and seek proper medical help and do not stop fighting until you get it.

"I, at 19 years old, have lost my mother to suicide and I want to help prevent anyone else from experiencing this unbearable pain my family and I are going through".

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust called it a "tragic incident".

A Trust spokesman added: "We can confirm the tragic incident involving the death of a patient at Craigavon Area Hospital. We are co-operating fully with the PSNI investigation."

l If you are affected by any of the issues in this story, you can contact Lifeline on 0808 808 8000 or the Samaritans on 02890 664422.

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