Scots mum in tears as vile Facebook trolls send friend requests posing as dead daughter

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A Scots mum has been left in tears by sick trolls posing as her dead daughter on fake social media profiles.

Elaine Cunningham, 46, has been bombarded with friend requests on Facebook and Instagram by vile individuals using her daughter Lauren Reid’s name and photographs.

Lauren passed away aged 19 after suffering an asthma attack at work two years ago.

The teenager had forgotten her inhaler and went into cardiac arrest while on shift at Glasgow bar Gin71.

Devastated mum Elaine, from Dennistoun, made the heartbreaking decision to switch off her daughter’s life support four days later.

Lauren Reid died after an asthma attack at work
Lauren Reid died after an asthma attack at work

Elaine, who launched a campaign for ‘Lauren’s Law’ which would allow salbutamol inhalers to be kept in commercial kitchens, told the Daily Record she has struggled to ignore the sickening profiles but has refused to allow them to break her.

She said: “I have experienced the worst possible hurt and pain in my life after losing my daughter, so the trolls can’t do much to me now.

“I have been sent friendship requests on Facebook and Instagram from people posing as my daughter so many times since I lost Lauren.

“Sometimes even seeing Lauren’s face can make me cry. Seeing these profiles using her pictures of her is really hard.

“Unfortunately catfishing is just something I’ve been forced to get used to over the last two years.”

Fake fundraisers have been created for Lauren
Fake fundraisers have been created for Lauren

Elaine has found bogus fundraisers collecting cash under her daughter’s name online.

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She also claims had to explain to police officers who chapped on her door that Lauren was dead after a local criminal gave her daughter’s name and address instead of their own last year.

But the brave mum has vowed to focus on her campaign work and not let the disturbing incidents break her down.

She continued: “People even try to make money out of my daughter’s death with fake fundraisers.

“Last year when the police came to my door demanding to speak to Lauren, I had to convince them she was dead.

“Someone who knew her had got lifted and gave the officers her name and address. It was awful.

“That made me so angry. How dare anyone put me in that position and have police come looking for my dead daughter.

“What do people get out of doing that? I have a tough exterior though so I won’t let trolls break me.”

Lauren died in February 2020 after suffering brain damage during an asthma attack.

Elaine Cunningham launched a campaign to get blue inhalers added to first aid kits at commercial food premises
Elaine Cunningham launched a campaign to get blue inhalers added to first aid kits at commercial food premises

Elaine switched off her life support four days after the tragedy and swore to prevent any other families from suffering the same anguish.

She has been campaigning ever since for ‘Lauren’s Law’ which would legally require salbutamol inhalers, now only available on prescription, to be kept in commercial kitchens.

Her efforts have been nominated by the UK government for a Campaign of the Year award.

Elaine added: “I won’t let trolls stop me from talking about Lauren and putting her name out there.

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“If anything they are helping keep her name in the spotlight. It almost takes some of the sting out of it.

“I don’t sleep well anymore. I just work on Lauren’s Law full time and I hope it makes a difference to another family.

“If inhalants had been in Lauren’s work she could have survived and still be here with me.

“I want my girl to save other lives now with Lauren’s Law that will make inhalers available in work environments.”

In Scotland, Asthma UK has worked with the Scottish Government on reviewing its guidance for schools on managing medicine storage in a bid to keep more children safe.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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