Mum ‘utterly heartbroken’ after nurse dies in sleep while staying at pal’s house

A mum has been left "devastated and utterly heartbroken" after her daughter died in her sleep while staying at a friend's house.

Nurse Andrea MacDonald, 32, died suddenly last week as she stayed over at her pal's.

Her distraught mum, Allison, says she does not know how the family will cope without her.

Andrea's cause of death has not been established, however police are not treating it as suspicious, reports Mirror Online.

Her mum described her daughter as a “very special, unique and wonderful girl” who was the “kindest soul you’d ever meet”.

Allison told the Daily Record : "It’s just unbelievable, I don’t even know how to put into words how we feel.

“We’re just taking things minute by minute, trying to get our heads round it.

“Her dad Peter and I had only been up visiting her the previous weekend and had a great time. We are just devastated and utterly heartbroken, we don’t know how we will cope without her.”

Kind-hearted Andrea was extremely close to her family, and her loss left brother Martin, sisters Victoria and Iona and nine-year-old niece Niamh numb with grief.

Allison added: ”The four of them were like magnets, they were very close.

“Andrea was the second youngest but she was the most sensible.

“When they were teenagers the others would always say ‘don’t tell Andrea’ if they’d done something, because they knew she’d give them hell, they knew they’d get a row from her as well as from me.

“They were all very different but they were like glue with each other.

“She was just great when she was growing up, no hassle, she never did anything that brought a problem to our door.”

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“Andrea was like a second mum to Iona’s daughter Niamh. She was a massive part of her life, unless people saw it they wouldn’t believe how close they were.

“Iona is in the RAF and was stationed at Lossiemouth for a while so Andrea was always through at hers or Niamh was at hers.

"She took her to Lewis for three weeks at the end of the summer and they had a great time.

“Niamh has texted Andrea and said ‘I know you can’t see this but I just want to tell you I miss you'.

“I mean, for a nine-year-old to write that, it’s just heartbreaking.”

Andrea had been working as a nurse for the past ten years, first of all in a community role at the Belford Hospital in Fort William before moving up to Inverness.

For the last six years, she worked at the High Dependency Unit at Raigmore Hospital.

Allison said the outpouring of support from the local community in Inverness has given the family some much needed comfort in their time of need.

Allison said: “Nursing was truly her passion, she absolutely loved it and just wanted to help people, that’s what she was like, she was the kindest soul you’d ever meet and always put others before herself.

“She was a great nurse. Even before this I used to get so many people coming up to me to say ‘your daughter was amazing, we don’t know how we’d have got through what we did without her”.

“You’ve no idea how much comfort it has given us to hear the kind things people have said.

"We are very, very proud of her.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson added: "Around 8.40 am on Friday, 25 September 2020, police were called following the sudden death of a 32 year old woman at an address in Abban Place, Inverness.

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