Amy Vigus: Parents of young woman who died from pill speak of heartbreak

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The parents of a trainee accountant who died after taking a pill which she thought was ecstasy at a music festival today said: “We don’t want any family to go through what we have.”

Amy Vigus, 20, died in hospital two days after attending last weekend’s Elrow Town festival at the Olympic Park in Stratford.

She had taken a single pill she thought was MDMA and was soon violently ill.

Her parents Kervin, 49, and Karen, 51, of Colchester, have now released a video in tribute to their “cheeky,  mischievous, adventurous and caring” daughter who they say took the drug in “a moment of madness”.

The four-minute tribute, which begs other young people to “stop and think” before experimenting with drugs, has been watched almost a million times.

The family said today: “The response to the video has been incredible. It is very powerful. If it makes one person have a think about what they are doing and change their mind over drugs the video will be worthwhile.

Young Amy as a child in the heartbreaking tribute video created by her family

“When a young girl passes away suddenly there’s lots of questions from people. Everyone loved Amy and we wanted them to know what happened. We used the video to make people aware of the implications of taking a substance.”

Miss Vigus’s parents took her to hospital when she collapsed after arriving home on Saturday night.

The video’s voiceover, recorded by a cousin, says: “Our Amy fell into a coma. She lay there, hair in, eyelashes on, glitter in her hair, but no smile on her face. The corridors of Colchester General Hospital echoed with the cries and screams of her family members.

“In that moment of madness when she took an unknown substance, our Amy had no idea it would have led to this. The next time you’re in that moment, please stop and think about our Amy and the consequences of her mistake on herself and her family she left behind.” The video could now be shown in school assemblies.

The family has set up a crowd-funding campaign to raise money for Colchester Hospital in gratitude for their “amazing care”. It smashed its £500 target in hours and has now raised more than £2,500. 

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