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Alison Lapper’s agonising battle to save drug addict son who ‘couldn’t even wash
Alison Lapper’s son Parys, who suffered mental health problems, was found dead in a Worthing hotel. She said his drug use started in childhood and he went off the rails in his teens.
Alison Lapper says her drug addict son, who was found dead in a hotel room, started smoking cannabis at the age of 11.
The artist’s son Paris, who suffered from severe mental health problems, was found dead at a hotel in Worthing, West Sussex, on August 13.
Mum Alison, born without arms and with shortened legs, became famous when she posed while eight months pregnant with him for a Trafalgar Square sculpture.
Her 19-year-old son was addicted to drugs and it is thought this, mixed with medication for his ongoing depression, may have led to an accidental overdose in the hotel where he was staying.
And she admitted Parys, taunted at school over his mum’s disability, may have started smoking cannabis when he was as young as 11.
Alison, 54, told The Telegraph that, by the age of 14 or 15, “dodgy” people started knocking on the front door asking her for money.
Her son would say: “Mum, if you don’t pay these people, they are going to beat me up.”
Alison said the change in her son was “very gradual” and, by the age of 16, his drug use had become serious and he was moved into a special unit at school.
He was eventually sectioned and was moved from place to place, lumbered with a support worker who had a 40-person caseload, until his death in August
She told the paper: “I wouldn’t want other parents to go through this. By the time it got really bad, I phoned the authorities and said, ‘My son needs help,’ but that help wasn’t what Parys needed by then. He was treated as a naughty boy.”
Alison added: “I am not trained in mental health. When it got bad, he struggled with me, I struggled with him, we struggled with the situation together.
“It felt never-ending. Every time he was moved, there was a new doctor, a new psychiatrist.
“And when he got to 18, he was considered an adult, and yet he couldn’t even wash. But I wasn’t allowed to have a say.”
Alison, who is campaigning with charity YoungMinds for the next government to ensure better mental health provision 14 to 25-year-olds, says her son was let down by the system.
Recalling the news of his tragic death, she said: “I howled and howled.
“I can’t believe he’s gone. I can’t believe I have lost him. But I just can’t sit and do nothing. Why would I let other parents go through the hell that I am going through?”