Daughter, 20, collapses and dies suddenly in her father’s arms despite his efforts to save her life


A family has been left heartbroken after a ‘beautiful’ young woman collapsed and died suddenly in her father’s arms despite his best efforts to try and save her life.

Libbey Peverall, who was just 20-years-old, was not known to have any underlying health conditions when she suddenly passed away in traumatic scenes at her family home in West Drayton, Greater London last Monday.

Libbey, who had aspirations of becoming a beautician, was described as loved by all who knew her – and her shocking death on February 20 has devastated her parents and brother.

They are now raising money through a GoFundMe to help towards the costs of her funeral, with nearly £3,000 donated as of this afternoon.

Her brother Charlie said: ‘She was a beautiful girl, she was absolutely stunning. Whatever she wanted my mum and dad would get for her. She wouldn’t say a bad word about anyone and she was always worrying about my mum and dad.’

‘Beautiful’ young woman Libbey Peverall (pictured), 20, left her family heartbroken after she collapsed and died suddenly in her father’s arms despite his best efforts to try and save her life

Libbey (pictured), who had aspirations of becoming a beautician, was described as loved by all who knew her - and her shocking death on February 20 has devastated her parents and brother

Libbey (pictured), who had aspirations of becoming a beautician, was described as loved by all who knew her – and her shocking death on February 20 has devastated her parents and brother

Libbey had suffered severe bullying at her school which left her to be homeschooled from the age of 14. She remained living in fear of her bullies, who still targeted her despite her attempts to distance herself and it led to her developing mental health issues.

Despite this, Libbey had ‘everything going for her’, and had recently passed her driving test and devoted her time to her dog Lottie. She was a huge football fan, and a supporter of Manchester City but regularly accompanied Charlie to watch Chelsea FC in West London.

While she had suffered no previous medical episodes aside from her mental health, she collapsed last week with the family still awaiting an explanation as to how she died. Charlie said: ‘She woke up on Monday and my dad said ‘do you want a cup of coffee’, she always had coffee in the morning and she said she’d rather have a cup of tea.

‘So he made her a cup of tea and then all of a sudden she said ‘I’ve got a pain in my chest’. She suffers from panic attacks so my dad gave her a brown bag to blow in and basically, she just stood up and then collapsed in my dad’s arms.

‘My dad really did try his hardest to help her and he did CPR on her, everything. He tried so hard. Within about five or 10 minutes, ambulances turned up and they tried on her for about an hour and a half with my mum and dad going “Please don’t give up on her, please please don’t give up”.’

'She was a beautiful girl, she was absolutely stunning. Whatever she wanted my mum and dad would get for her,' said Libbey's brother Charlie

‘She was a beautiful girl, she was absolutely stunning. Whatever she wanted my mum and dad would get for her,’ said Libbey’s brother Charlie

Charlie received a call a short while later to say that Libbey was suffering a suspected heart attack and was no longer breathing. He jumped in the car and had reached St Albans when his mother told him that she’d sadly passed away.

‘I screamed in the car, it hit me so hard,’ he said. ‘We did everything together, we did football together, and just before Christmas we went to Winter Wonderland together.

‘She was my only sibling and everyone says “I know how you feel” but until it happens to someone, which I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy, you don’t know how it feels.

‘My mum is in bits, I’m trying to stay strong for her and it feels like I haven’t properly grieved yet. It just feels like she’s on holiday and she’s going to walk through the door soon.

‘For the last two days it’s starting to feel like reality a bit. I’m just trying to deny it in a way.’

The family are now awaiting the coroner’s report before they can begin to organise her funeral.

Despite their heartbreak, they only have kind words for London Ambulance Service paramedics who worked tirelessly to try and revive Libbey.

‘My mum suffered a heart attack just after Libbey was born so they’re trying to find out if it’s in the family,’ Charlie said.

‘They’ve never seen anything like this at the age of 20, it even shocked the paramedics. They really did try their hardest to bring her back, I’ve never known paramedics come up to you and not want to leave, it was unbelievable how supportive they were.’

His family have been left distraught by Libbey’s passing, with her brother adding: ‘She was loved by so many people, it’s unbelievable.’

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