Nikki Grahame's mother considering suing hospital over star's death

Nikki Grahame's mother considering suing hospital over star's death

‘I was in despair’: Nikki Grahame’s mother wants to sue hospital and says she begged nurses not to discharge her daughter – who died 24 hours later

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Nikki Grahame’s mother Sue has criticised the hospital which discharged her daughter just 24 hours before her death and said she is considering legal action. 

Big Brother star star Nikki died in April last year at the age of 38 having battled anorexia since the age of eight.

And Sue has condemned the nurses who discharged Nikki just one day before her death, claiming she begged them not to release her frail daughter.

Fury: Nikki Grahame’s mother Sue has criticised the hospital which discharged her daughter just 24 hours before her death and said she is considering legal action

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust conducted an internal review, which said it had ‘not identified any shortfalls in care which might have influenced the outcome’.

But the devastated mother told The Mirror she may take legal action and challenge the findings in a bid to open a new investigation into Nikki’s case.

Sue, from Bridport, Dorset, claimed that her daughter ‘never’ should have been discharged and accused doctors of being unable to cope with her care.

I was there for two weeks with Nikki. Each day, I told the nurses she couldn’t go home,’ she said.

Tragic: Big Brother star star Nikki died in April last year at the age of 38 having battled anorexia since the age of eight

‘I was in despair when she was discharged. I said, “You can’t let her go – look at the state of her”.’

Sue alleged that her daughter had collapsed in front of nurses just two days before she was sent back to her North London home.

She has previously revealed Nikki had a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 10 when she died, with a healthy BMI for a woman considered to be between 18.5 and 24.9. 

Sue claimed that Nikki’s ‘skeleton was breaking up’, but claimed the nurses decided to discharge her daughter because she was able to walk up the stairs.

‘Nikki was so determined, she would have crawled up those stairs,’ Sue added.

Heartbroken: Sue has condemned the nurses who discharged Nikki just one day before her death, claiming she begged them not to release her frail daughter 

She urged for doctors to be given more specialist training so they are equipped to handle people suffering from eating disorders. 

MailOnline has contacted Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for comment. 

Speaking earlier this month, Sue said her daughter was in a ‘pitiful’ state before she died of anorexia in April 2021.   

Sue said: ‘She became very withdrawn and was just going into a decline. Little did I know it was going to be a 32-year journey. 

‘She was blue lighted to the local hospital in Dorset and she was there for two weeks.

Devastated: It comes after Sue recalled the moment she saw her daughter carried away in a body bag after the Big Brother star’s death in documentary Who Is She? on Thursday

‘She had a BMI of 10, she was pitiful, and I went there every day to shower her, to dress her, to sit with her while she ate, to take the load off the nurses, it wasn’t a specialised unit.’

Sue added: ‘Nikki managed to convince them “I’ll be fine when I go home”. They’d already said, “we can’t have you, you can’t make stairs”, so they let her home and she died that night.’  

During Channel 4 documentary Nikki Grahame: Who Is She?, Sue broke down as she recalled the moment she saw her daughter carried away in a body bag.

Sue cried as she said she stroked Nikki’s head from the outside of the body bag as her daughter was carried away. 

Devastating: During Channel 4 documentary, Sue cried as she said she stroked Nikki’s head from the outside of the body bag as her daughter was carried away

She said: ‘Watching them put my little girl in a bag and taking her down in the lift, and I said to them, “Can you tell me which end her head is?”, and they said, “Yes, up here.”

‘I just stroked it from the outside. They took her away and I didn’t see her again. Part of me has died. I miss her more than I can say. 

Her heartbroken mother said she thought Nikki had a ‘premonition’ about her death as the nation went into lockdown in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic took hold.

She said the reality star called to tell her how frightened she was to be cut off from the world, telling her: ‘Mum, I don’t know how I’m going to get through this.’

Entertainer: Nikki was known for her rants in the Diary Room on Big Brother, with Big Brother’s Little Brother host describing Nikki as one of the best Diary Room contestants ever

Sue said she continues to be glad her daughter took part in Big Brother, and that Nikki never regretted being on the show. 

She told Breakfast: ‘She said in interviews before that Big Brother saved her life, because I think that was the healthiest and happiness that she had been for those years.

‘I think when she got voted out, she thought that everybody hated her, she always had this low self-esteem.

‘So when the doors opened and she heard the cheering, it was genuine, her tears.

Rage: Nikki was often seen screaming and throwing herself about in the Big Brother house as she confronted various challenges

‘She was shocked because Nikki never got it. She said “I don’t get it, I don’t know why people are acting like this”. She never saw her worth.

‘I know that her going on Big Brother was her dream and I’m really glad she did, because I felt she deserved it. Because she’d lost her childhood, and I thought, “This is what you should have. This is yours”.’ 

Nikki appeared on the seventh series of Big Brother in 2006, and despite finishing fifth became one of its most recognisable contestants.

She later spoke publicly about how she developed anorexia while still a child and struggled with the condition throughout her life, spending time in hospital on a number of occasions.

For help and support with eating disorders contact SEED on (01482) 718130 or visit www.seedeatingdisorders.org.uk

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