Loving mum lived life for kids: inquest

Lynda Clifford in early 2009.Lynda Clifford had many passions in her life, but none could compare with the complete love and adoration she held for her children.
Nanjing Night Net

In an emotional address read to the court during an inquest into the 30-year-old’s death, her grieving mother, Lyn Rogers, described Ms Clifford as a good person who loved motorbikes and horses.

“People loved being around Lynda [because] she always had a smile for everyone.”

But above all she was a loving mum to three kids and nothing mattered more than their happiness and safety, Ms Rogers’s statement read.

“She lived her life for her three children … and did everything for them – they were her life,” she said.

Ms Clifford died in the lounge room of her mother’s Port Kembla home in November 2009.

The inquest was told last week that Ms Clifford had faced a number of challenges in her life, including illicit drug use, schizophrenia and depression.

The inquest looked at Ms Clifford’s final months following her admission to Wollongong Hospital in August 2009, the degree of communication between the doctors who treated her, including staff specialists at Wollongong Hospital, the Lake Illawarra Community Mental Health Service, her psychiatrist, her general practitioner and doctors at the Denison Street methadone clinic.

Questions were also raised over who had received and who was supposed to receive Ms Clifford’s discharge summary when she left Wollongong Hospital, and the different medications she had been prescribed.

On Friday, counsel assisting the coroner Donna Ward outlined recommendations for the consideration of Deputy State Coroner Ian Guy.

They included amendments to discharge procedures and discharge summary documents, training to improve record-keeping and alterations to guidelines on the interaction between drugs.

Mr Guy will hand down his findings on September 5.

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