Mother’s hope after student’s methadone death

Kealan Burke.

Kealan Burke.

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The mother of a university student who overdosed on methadone has said she hopes her son’s death can help save others.

Teresa Burke, whose 22-year-old son Kealan died a year after taking the heroin substitute, believes graphic images and a hard hitting video documenting her son’s struggle during the final few months of his life will act as a powerful deterrent.

She said: “He was doubly incontinent; a quadriplegic; he couldn’t swallow; couldn’t hear and he couldn’t see. We don’t think he could feel anything either.


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