April Jones: Mum's Emotional Statement
30 May 2013, 14:29
Describing the impact of her daughter's death, April's mother Coral said : ``April fought to come into the world, she fought to stay in this world and he has taken her not only from us but from everyone who loved her.''
in a victim impact statement read to the court by prosecutor Elwen Evans Coral said April was born prematurely, weighing only 4lb and 2ozs, and was in intensive care for two weeks. She said: ``She has always been a little fighter, and we later found out that she had a hole in her heart and a heart murmur. ``When she was around three years old we noticed that she was becoming clumsy, so after numerous visits to the doctors, they finally diagnosed April with cerebral palsy down her left side from her hip to her leg.
``We would have to massage her legs and get her to do exercises because she would have pain in her legs constantly. ``She very rarely moaned about the pain and would always be on the go wanting to go and play out with her friends. ``April ruled our lives. She was the youngest and because of her various disabilities we would have to provide some kind of care for her all the time.''
Coral Jones also said "I will never forget the night of 1 October 2012. This was the night that we allowed our daughter April to go out to play with her friends, something she has done hundreds of times before, and this is the night that she never came home... As April's mother I will live with the guilt of letting her go out to play on the estate that night for the rest of my life."
She added"April ruled our lives. She was the youngest and because of her various disabilities we would have to provide some kind of care for her all the time. Paul would get her ready for school and then I would be there when she came home. I still can not go into her bedroom to sort out her clothes, because the pain of her not being there is indescribable."