Sunbed-tragedy teen had just found a job

DEDICATED ... Grant Adams had started his first full-time job after successfully completing a bricklaying apprenticeship.

DEDICATED ... Grant Adams had started his first full-time job after successfully completing a bricklaying apprenticeship.

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A TEENAGER who died in a freak accident at home had become fully qualified for his chosen career just two weeks earlier.

Grant Adams suffered horrific throat injuries after tripping and falling into a sunbed at his flat in South Frederick Street, Laygate, South Shields, at 9am on Sunday.

One of the sunbed’s glass lighting tubes pierced his jugular, and the 17-year-old then fell down the stairs.

Family rushed to his aid to try to stem the flow of blood, and he was given emergency treatment at the scene before the Great North Air Ambulance took him to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, where he was placed in an induced coma.

Despite a five-hour operation, the bricklayer and keen boxer died in hospital on Monday evening – just two weeks short of his 18th birthday.

The freak accident has left his family devastated, including girlfriend Sharna Gardner, who is seven months pregnant with his daughter, for whom he had chosen the name Rhkiya.

Grant had successfully served an apprenticeship at Carillion Gateshead as a bricklayer, which ran from July 2012 until May of this year, where he impressed staff with his hard work and dedication.

He had already found a full-time job as a bricklayer since completing the apprenticeship.

Colin Burnicle, centre manager for Gateshead Carillion, said: “Everybody was really shocked and saddened. We can’t believe what has happened.

“It is only two weeks since he finished his apprenticeship with us.

“When we found out it was a real shock. He was really good at the job and a very nice lad.

“He was a really good bricklayer. He had the whole world in front of him.

“The condolences of all the staff and all our apprentices go out to his family.

“It is a terrible thing to happen in those circumstances, but even more so at such a young age.”

Claire Mullane, headteacher of Mortimer Community College, where Grant was a former pupil, also paid tribute to a young life cruelly cut short.

Ms Mullane added: “It’s very hard when such a young life is taken in such tragic circumstances. His family and friends are in our thoughts.”

Grant’s mum, Amanda Smedley, 39, said her son “had everything to live for” and was “a happy, go-lucky fun loving lad”.


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