DETROIT — A Michigan mother hopes a heartbreaking photo of her holding her daughter before she was taken off life support raises awareness of addiction.
Cheryl Towery made the decision Monday to take daughter Elaina Towery off life support after her vital organs were failing and a scan showed no brain activity, according to WJBK.
Elaina Towery has battled issues with addiction for years and is believed to have died from an overdose of heroin laced with fentanyl.
Cheryl Towery said her daughter and a friend stopped at Burger King on Thursday evening.
“She pulled in here to use the restroom and after 20 to 25 minutes, he thought it was odd she didn’t come back out,” Cheryl Towery said.
A short time later, employees found the 22-year-old unconscious and going into cardiac arrest.
Elaina Towery had survived five previous overdoses and visits to five treatment centers, but this time was different.
Elaina Towery’s addiction began in 2010 when she started taking prescription drugs to deal with an abusive boyfriend.
That boyfriend, who was convicted of domestic abuse, is also the father of Elaina Towery’s 5-year-old son.
She gave up her son because of the addiction, and her mother believes that helped contribute to the issue.
“I’m going to fight for the rest of my life to make sure the people down here on the street selling this to people need to be locked up,” Cheryl Towery said.