Cheryl Towery shared a picture of her daughter’s final moments before she died from a drug overdose. Towery hopes to spread awareness about the dangers of heroin through her shared image.
Cheryl Towery said she hoped the image of her clinging to her daughter, Elaina, while she lay in a coma at Mount Sinai-Grace Hospital would serve as a wake-up call for those struggling with their drug use.
“She was my only daughter, my best friend,” Cheryl Towery told Fox 2 Detroit. “She was supposed to start her new job today.”
Elaina was taken off of life support on Monday, just days after she was found by an employee in the Burger King restroom unconscious Officials think her heroin was laced with fentanyl, forcing her liver and kidneys to fail.
A scan Monday revealed Elaina had no brain activity.
Her 49-year-old mother explained Elaina Towery had struggled with addiction for nearly seven years and that she’d overdosed five times before. The 22-year-old, who gave up her 5-year-old son due to her struggles with drug use, has also been to several treatment centers in recent years, Fox reported.
“I wasn’t prepared for what I saw in the emergency room,” Cheryl said. “Because that’s the worst I’ve ever seen her.”
“I’m going to fight for the rest of my life to make sure the people down here on the street selling this to people,” she told the news station, “they need to be locked up.”