AN inquest into the death of a young South Tyneside father was due to be held today.
Ross Young died at South Tyneside District Hospital on Friday, April 18, three days after his fiancée, Tracey Donaldson, found him unconscious at their home in Fallow Road, South Shields.
South Tyneside coroner Terence Carney, was to deliver a finding into the 27-year-old’s death, at his office in Station Road, Hebburn.
Mr Young’s death was the second tragedy to hit the family in just 18 months.
His uncle, Phil Young, was killed in a motorbike crash in September 2012 and the family went through the ordeal of his inquest in April.
Ms Donaldson found Mr Young on the sofa at their home on the morning of Tuesday, April 15, having left him watching TV the previous evening.
He had been out with friends the previous day, returning home at teatime.
At first, she believed he was asleep but called an ambulance when she was unable to wake him.
Mr Young’s brain had been starved of oxygen and he had suffered a cardiac arrest. His heart had to be re-started by paramedics and again at South Tyneside District Hospital.
He was put on a ventilator at the hospital’s Intensive Treatment Unit but, on Friday, doctors had to break the news to his family that he had suffered brain damage which was so serious he had no chance of recovery.
Mr Young died of hypoxic encephalopathy – a condition in which the brain is starved of oxygen – and cardiac arrest.
Mr Young was father to Ms Donaldson’s 10-month-old son, Sonny.