TRIBUTES have been paid to a teenage dad-to-be killed in a tragic fall at his South Tyneside home.
Grant Adams suffered horrific throat injuries after tripping and falling into a sunbed at his flat on 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 by medics 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.
But despite undergoing a five-hour operation, the apprentice bricklayer with Carillion 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 Grant’s girlfriend Sharna Gardner, who is seven months pregnant with his daughter, for whom he had chosen the name Rhkiya.
His mother, Amanda Smedley, 39, said the former Mortimer Community College pupil had ‘everything to live for’ and had also just bought his first car.
She said: “We are all heartbroken at what has happened. I just cannot believe he has gone.
“He was a happy, go-lucky fun-loving lad, who had everything to live for.
“He was a bricklayer. All he did was work, sleep, work, sleep.
“It’s his 18th birthday in two weeks’ time, he had just bought a car, he has got a baby on the way – he had everything to live for, everything.
“He loved his boxing, football, cars, motorbikes. He was brilliant at everything he did.
Amanda added: “It’s the only thing I have got left of him, his baby. That’s it. She [his girlfriend] is a mess. She had just left on the morning before it happened.
“She went home because she was tired.
“He stumbled out of bed. He’s tripped and the bottom of the sun bed tubes went into his neck.
“He’s pulled it out his neck, he’s stumbled down the loft stairs.
“I heard a noise and I ran to him. I found him in a pool of blood.
“My boyfriend tried to keep the blood from pumping out of his neck until the paramedics came.”
Sharna left a heartfelt tribute to Grant on her Facebook page, saying: “Rest in peace gorgeous. Took far far far too soon.
“Can’t get my head round it at all just doesn’t seem real, your little Rhkiya has been kicking away for you. We both love you millions and always will, never ever will you be forgotten by anybody!”