Heartbroken dad shares daughter's final moments after she tried to take her own life

By Kirstin Buick
11 March 2017

The photos were taken minutes before Adrian made the gut-wrenching decision to switch off 16-year-old Julia's life support.

Just months earlier, Adrian Derbyshire's news feed had been peppered with pictures of his beautiful blonde daughter, grinning as she snapped selfies with her beaming dad.

But some of Adrian's latest photos picture the same beautiful girl lying deathly still in a hospital bed in Warrington, Cheshire, in the UK, plugged in to various tubes and machines.

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Julia, a victim of online bullying, had tried to take her own life in 2015, and the heartbreaking hospital photos were taken shortly after, Metro reports.

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Adrian, a two-time Paralympic gold medallist, has now decided to share the pictures from the worst moment of his life in a bid to raise awareness for a charity set up in his beloved Julia's honour, #SASSY (Support Against Self-harm and Suicide in Youth).

He made the images public on what would have been his daughter's 18th birthday.

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"Releasing these photos was one of the hardest things I have had to do in my life," the former Paralympic fencer said.

"I took the photos in the minutes before Julia’s death and buried them on my phone until now because I didn’t want to look at them and I still don’t.

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“Instead of taking her out for champagne to celebrate her 18th birthday, I was placing flowers on her grave.”

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Adrian's nightmare began almost two years ago when he arrived home one day to find Julia had tried to take her own life, iTV reports.

He performed CPR and rushed her to hospital, where she spent five days on life support before she died in December 2015.

Julia had reportedly been bullied online and had been self-harming.

PHOTO: Adrian Derbyshire, Facebook PHOTO: Adrian DerbyshireFacebook

Now her father, who's been in a wheelchair since a near fatal brain haemorrhage in 2008, has made it his mission to raise awareness about the devastation online bullying can cause.

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"We MUST continue to END STIGMA. BULLYING. HATE & SUPPORT THOSE SUFFERING WITH MENTAL HEALTH BECAUSE OF IT," he wrote on Facebook.

PHOTO: Adrian Derbyshire, Facebook PHOTO: Adrian DerbyshireFacebook

"I can't tell you all how I feel as I've gone past the line of devastation & loss but this devastating story of a beautiful young woman who had given up on herself and life due to others NEEDS TO BE HEARD. This will be difficult but I want you all to share this post. AWARENESS is the only way I know to support others and after reading this they may seek help and support."

In a later post, he thanked those who'd sent him messages of support.

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"I just want to say thank you to all for your kind messages, thoughts, prayers and birthday messages for Julia yesterday.

"It's probably been one of the hardest decisions I've had to make releasing Julia's pictures, but I just couldn't take another day of seeing beautiful, caring, loving children, teens & adults thinking they are not worthy of love due to hate, stigma and bullying."

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