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A father-of-four who was reportedly suffering from paranoid hallucinations smashed a hospital’s third floor window and plunged to his death during his admission for an overdose.
After sending his wife a text telling her he had been arrested and to look after their children, Aaron Deeley smashed the window of his hospital room and fell to his death with medical tubes still attached to his body.
Mr Deeley, 43, was suffering from depression and had been taken to A&E three days earlier following an overdose where he was kept for 24 hours.
He was then moved to the acute medical unit on the third floor of the hospital where he was being treated for severe liver damage.
His grieving family are now demanding answers after they say the hospital assured them he would not be left unsupervised as he was admitted following the attempted overdose.
Wife Michelle Deeley said: ‘I want everyone to know that Aaron would be here if Southend Hospital had done their job properly.
‘Aaron wasn’t a priority to them. He wasn’t given a chance to get better and work through his demons.
‘It wasn’t taken seriously enough that Aaron was ill. It was his second attempt in six weeks.’
Michelle said Aaron was suffering paranoid hallucinations in hospital that were made clear in a text he sent Michelle – his wife of 12 years – less than an hour before his death.
Aaron wrote: ‘Michelle I’ve just been arrested. I love you. Take care of our babies.’
Father-of-four Aaron Deeley died after falling from a window at Southend Hospital after being admitted following an overdose prompting his family to ask why he was left on his own
The father-of-four was described as ‘one in a million’ in tributes shared by family after his death
Michelle said that hospital staff assured her that Aaron would be under 24-hour watch while in hospital after he was admitted following an attempted overdose.
But she claimed that a security guard clocked off at 9pm and Aaron was left alone before breaking a window frame and jumping into an alley below at around 1.30am that night.
Michelle said: ‘I told the hospital why did you leave him? I thought you had a 24-hour watch.
‘You took security guards off, why would you do that? Why wasn’t he on the ground floor?’
Michelle’s sister Louise Collins told the Southend Echo he was ‘not thinking straight’ due to the drugs from his treatment.
She added: ‘I can’t even put into words our anger at the hospital. We are absolutely disgusted.
‘After being promised that he was going to be watched 24/7 we have been completely let down. What happened?
‘They weren’t thinking of his mental health, it feels like they didn’t care despite being warned to watch him, and he was just left unsupervised to do that.
‘We feel absolutely devastated, there are just no words. He could have got better, had he been watched, he could have got better, he just didn’t get the chance.’
The Mid and South Essex Hospital Trust has confirmed it is investigation the circumstances surrounding Aaron’s death after his family say they were assured he would be watched 24/7
Louise said: ‘It’s so awful. We were telling Michelle ‘he’s alright, he’s safe, he’s in hospital, and that wasn’t true.’
The trust has confirmed it has opened an investigation into the death.
A spokesman for Essex Police confirmed they are also investigating and said: ‘We were called at around 1.30am on Friday 14 January to an incident at Southend University Hospital.
‘A man had been found injured and, sadly, he died at the scene.
‘We are carrying out enquiries to establish the circumstances leading up to the incident but at this stage have not identified any third party involvement.’
Michelle said that Aaron’s mental health deteriorated after social services placed a child protection order on their children last October.
Michelle said her husband (pictured together) had battled mental health problems in the months before his death and had previously attempted to take his own life before Christmas
She said that Aaron suffered paranoid delusions that his family would be better without him – and attempted an overdose before Christmas that left him hospitalised for two days.
Michelle said: ‘We’re just devastated, he was so lovely. He would move heaven and earth to make his wife and kids happy, we were his world.
‘Everything is gone because of massive failings. We’ve been robbed of our future, my children have been robbed of a father.’
Paying tribute after his death, Aaron was described as a ‘one in a million’ man and ‘the best dad ever’ by his grieving family.
Michelle, who had been married to Aaron for 12 years, said in a tribute shared online on Friday: ‘You were the love of my life, my soul mate and kindred spirits today.
‘You have left us and I can’t believe it. Love u always and forever.’
Flowers have been left at the scene where Aaron died outside Southend Hospital on Friday
The Canvey father-of-four, who worked as a delivery driver for Sainsbury’s, leaves behind his loving wife Michelle and children Hunter, 20, Alexis, 14, Destiny, 11, and Jason, 10.
His sister-in-law Louise Collins said: ‘It’s such a tragic loss because Aaron was the best dad ever. My sister didn’t have to worry for anything, she had Aaron and he was just her and the children’s whole world.
‘We as a family knew she was always alright because she had Aaron. He didn’t have a single bad bone in his body, he was just an amazing man who absolutely adored his kids and his wife.
‘Aaron was just one in a million, he really was a lovely man. Always had a smile on his face and was a delight to know.’