A mother whose daughter died from alcholism aged just 21 following years of sexual abuse has called for her attacker to be prosecuted. Natalie O’Donne
A mother whose daughter died from alcholism aged just 21 following years of sexual abuse has called for her attacker to be prosecuted.
Natalie O’Donnell, from Irvine, North Ayrshire, died on September 14 from Hepatorenal Syndrome, caused by cirrhosis of her liver.
The 21-year-old had turned to alcohol and drank a litre of vodka a day after years of sexual abuse at the hands of her mother’s ex-partner, Alastair Niven Goldie.
Gaynor Watson with her daughter Natalie, left, who died after turning to alcohol
WHAT IS HEPATORENAL SYNDROME?
Hepatorenal syndrome is progressive kidney failure which occurs in patients with cirrhosis and advanced liver disease.
The complication – estimated to strike 10 per cent of patients with end-stage liver failure – can be life-threatening. Medics also say it can lead to a coma.
Scientists remain baffled as to its cause but believe it may be down to restricted blood flow to the kidneys linked to liver disease.
Ideally, patients are given a liver transplant. However, ineligible sufferers may get dialysis to filter out waste from the blood.
And even after a liver transplant, patients may have decreased kidney function. The only way of preventing hepatorenal syndrome is by keeping your liver healthy.
In the days before her death, Ms O’Donnell had been trying to get sober and was looking to see a psychiatrist to help her come to terms with the abuse.
Ms O’Donnell’s mother Gaynor Watson, 44, not wants Goldie, 51, to face prosecution.
She is accusing him of causing her daughter’s death by introducing her to alcohol aged just 14.
Goldie was spared jail in 2017 at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court after admitting abuse and next year his name will be removed from the Sex Offenders’ Register.
Mother-of-four Ms Watson said: ‘Natalie started drinking at the age of 14 – he started feeding it to her.
‘By the age of 15 she was drinking heavily. After she reported him to police she continued drinking to try and block it all out. It was absolutely horrendous.
‘I think she just gave up, the poor soul. He targeted Natalie, she was the right age for him.’
Goldie admitted engaging in sexual intercourse while in a position of trust towards while his victim was under the age of 18, between July 2014 and March 2016.
Ms O’Donnell’s mother Gaynor Watson, 44, not wants Goldie, 51, to face prosecution
He was placed on the Sex Offenders Register for three years and given a Community Payback Order with supervision, including 300 hours of unpaid work and counselling.
Ms Watson added: ‘In the end, Natalie was drinking a litre of vodka a day. Her body was getting so used to the alcohol that she was drinking more and more.
‘I feel as though he should be brought back before the courts for what he’s done. She would still be alive if it wasn’t for him – she wouldn’t have drunk like that, but she was traumatised and she kept going.’
Ms Watson said her daughter had no friends because of her drinking problem, but believed Natalie was on the road to recovery.