A mum died barefoot and alone on the street after attempting to walk home from hospital the day before her 40th birthday.
Emma Brown was tragically found dead in Heneage Road on November 24, hours after she was treated for "acute pain".
She had been taken to the hospital in Grimsby by ambulance and it is believed she then walked home but died before she got there, her heartbroken mum Melinda Vincent told Grimsby Live.
A Good Samaritan attempted to revive Emma and called the emergency services, but tragically she was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance landed at St Mary's School on Wellington Street shortly after 8am and there was a heavy police presence at the scene for several hours.
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Humberside Police said the death was not suspicious and a file is being prepared for the coroner.
Grieving Melinda said instead of buying presents for Emma's birthday, the family had bought flowers for her coffin for a Christmas Eve funeral service.
"She died like a stray dog in the street, despite being rushed to the hospital by ambulance only hours before," she said.
She explained Emma had been going through a tough time, and had feared for her life after several attacks on her home.
Emma had been living in squalor after a private landlord failed to carry out repairs at the address where she was living and had no heating, water or cooking facilities due to unpaid bills.
Melinda said Emma had been attacked at the property and suffered two burglaries and criminal damage, and temporary accommodation had been found for her.
She said: "She was absolutely scared for her life in case they came back. On top of having no heating or water for the whole year, everything she had was either stolen or the gang had put a knife through it.
"She had no bed, settee all her photos had all the eyes gouged out. They gouged symbols on walls, window sills, took all the doors off."
On the evening before she died, her mum said that she was taken to hospital suffering from sickness, and acute pain in her legs and hands.
Melinda said: "She was found dead in the street at 8am. The lady who found her tried frantically to revive her. She stayed with her until the emergency services arrived, for which I will be eternally grateful.
"Emma was found in bare feet a block away from where she was staying. The walk from the hospital to where she was found could have taken her two hours.
"She would have been in unbearable pain and would have been sobbing all the way. The following day was her 40th Birthday and instead of presents we were choosing flowers for her coffin."
Her family have asked for donations to help Emma's son, Lewis, who will turn 21 in the New Year. Pledges can be made here.
An inquest is due to be held next year.
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