For the first time we’re hearing from a grieving mother who said her teenage daughter died from a form of synthetic marijuana.
On Wednesday afternoon, cards covered 17-year-old Maddie Broome’s bed. Her jewelry, clothes and books were all still in place, the only thing missing was Maddie.
Christy Broome, Maddie’s mother, said her daughter would always lending a helping hand to those in need.
“She truly was a selfless person,” Broome said. “A friend could message her or call her with their issues and she would drop everything and be there for that friend.”
Maddie was a senior at Central High School. She loved to sing and had plans to pursue a career in nursing.
“She was pretty much a straight A student,” Broome said. “She had the compassion and she had the brains and that’s why I can’t make sense of her passing, it just makes no sense.”
She said she doesn’t understand how her daughter could get a hold of such a dangerous drug.
“I want people to know it’s out there,” Broome said.
After nearly a month in a coma at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville, Christy said doctors told her Maddie had global brain damage from what they believe was K2, a form of synthetic marijuana.
“A doctor described it as the lights were on but no one was home,” Broome said. “They also concluded that the only thing that could have done that to her in that period of time was K2.”
On Sunday, Maddie passed away at the hospital in Knoxville.
As friends and family remember the life of Maddie, her mother remembers her daughter, who left a lasting impact on the community.
“It’s amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever felt this loved in my entire life. I really don’t,” Broome said. “I just wish she could know. I know she knows now and I know she is not suffering anymore.”
Friends and family will say their final goodbye to Maddie at her funeral tomorrow evening in Kingsport.
The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office is investigating this incident and will present it’s findings to the Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office.