Boy, 16, collapses and dies after suffering an asthma attack at home as his devastated mother pays tribute to keen BMX rider with a ‘heart of gold’
- Owen Rodda had an asthma attack after day with friends on November 24, 2018
- Police performed CPR and he was pronounced dead at Prince Charles Hospital
- Owen's mother Christine described him as a 'class clown' with 'wicked humour'
- Balloon release will take place at his memorial at Aberdare Skate Park, next week
'Heart of gold': Owen Rodda, 16, died of an asthma attack after spending a day with friends on November 24 last year
A 16-year-old boy described as having a 'heart of gold' has died of an asthma attack after returning home with a very tight chest.
Owen Rodda, of Aberdare, Wales, complained of severe breathing problems after spending the day with friends on November 24 last year.
His father Paul called emergency services while a friend rang the police who performed CPR on him.
Owen, who was an avid BMX biker, was then rushed to A&E at Prince Charles Hospital in Merthy Tydfil, where he was later pronounced dead.
Mother Christine has shared her heartbreak and described her son as 'such a character - the life and soul'.
She told the Mirror: 'He was the class clown and had a wicked sense of humour, but he would always be there for his friends when they were going through tough times. He would help anyone.'
Never forget: A balloon release is expected to take place at Owen's memorial at Aberdare Skate Park (pictured) on November 24, to mark the one-year anniversary. The teenager's mother Christine has praised the support of the 2 Wish Upon A Star charity but claimed the 'the hospital didn't do anything. It was all very clinical'
Owen, who was diagnosed with asthma at two years old, had previously had two attacks but 'nothing compared to this one'.
Christine had not seen her son all day and recalled texting him to shut the front gate on his arrival home around 10pm. She said 'as soon as he came home, he couldn't breathe'.
The devastated mother claimed the inhaler was not working and the parents rang the ambulance when Owen 'really started struggling' to catch his breath.
She said it was 'all just a blur' since he walked through the front door.
Owen had been diagnosed with asthma at two years old but his previous experiences 'were nothing compared to this', according to Christine. She has described her son as 'such a character' with a 'wicked sense of humour'
'We went into a room at the hospital where the doctor explained what was going on.
'We were asked if we wanted to see Owen in resus, but when I witnessed them working on him I just fell to pieces.'
Christine and Paul were given a memory box from the 2 Wish Upon A Star charity which specialises in helping bereaved families.
The mother said Prince Charles Hospital in Merthy Tydfil, 'didn't take [them] aside and explain what the next steps were' regarding their son and left the parents feeling 'very alone'
Meanwhile the Welsh parents claim they received no bereavement support from the NHS.
The mother said: 'The hospital didn't do anything. It was all very clinical. They didn't take us aside, give us a coffee and explain what the next steps were. We felt very alone.'
A balloon release is expected to take place at Owen's memorial at Aberdare Skate Park on November 24, to mark the one-year anniversary.