Julia Debyshire died in October 2015 at the age of 16. The teenager had hanged herself at her home in Warrington, Cheshire, but was found by her father, Adrian Derbyshire, 42, who rushed her to the hospital where she was placed on life support for five days, before her father was forced to make the tough decision to switch off the life support when she remained unresponsive.
Just before Adrian turned off the life support, he took a photo of his daughter on her hospital bed, but he never shared them until recently, on the day when his daughter would have been celebrating her 18th birthday.
Adrian who is a two-time Paralympic gold medal winner became an advocate against online bullying and set up an anti-online bullying campaign in memory of Julia. He revealed that he had not viewed the sad photo of his daughter ever since he took it until he had to upload it on her 18th birthday to highlight the consequences of online bullying. He said that revealing the photos was a hard choice but he had to make it.
“Releasing these photos was one of the hardest things I have had to do in my life. I took the photos in the minutes before Julia’s death and buried them on my phone until now because I didn’t want to look at them and I still don’t. But I knew that I was going to them, obviously to help raise awareness, because I think that the cause is too vital to not use them. Instead of taking her out for champagne to celebrate her 18th birthday, I was placing flowers on her grave,” he said.