TRIBUTES have been paid to an Irvine gran who was found dead in her home just weeks after being discharged from hospital.

Sharon Bryden had been in Crosshouse Hospital’s High Dependency Unit for treatment to pneumonia but was discharged before falling ill again at home. She died aged 50.

Shocked daughter Sharene Bryden, 29, has told how she found her mum as she went round on the morning of Wednesday, October 7 to collect her washing.

She had pleaded with her mum, who suffered from COPD and emphysema for five years, to see a doctor and was worried her mum was “wasting away” after being in hospital until September 26, where she also tested negative for coronavirus.

Sharene told the Times: “I begged her to phone the doctors again, she was struggling with COPD for a while, she was in and out of hospital.

“When she left the hospital, she was a skeleton, she was just wasting away. I think she was let out far too soon.

“She didn’t want to go get help, she didn’t want to be a burden to anybody, she would say I’m only 50 I’ll be fine.

“She thought doctors and nurses had enough to deal with, that’s the kind of person she was.”

Devastated Sharene and her sister Theresa, 33, now want to give a fitting send off to their mum who was a great gran to their children.

Sharene said: “She looked after my son for years, she was a great gran, she did a lot for us. All she cared about was seeing her daughters grow up and lived for her family. We’ve all had a difficult past. My mum went through a really bad time, she’s been through a lot in her life. She deserves a fitting send off.”

The family are dealing with the difficultly of a funeral with restricted numbers with only 20 allowed to attend.

A fundraising page has set up to cover costs, with £300 already raised.

Sharene added: “All my pals loved her, and she was well liked by everyone. No one had a bad word to say about her. It still doesn’t feel real. She was so young.”

Police say the death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.

Joanne Edwards, Director of Acute Services said: “NHS Ayrshire and Arran takes all patients’ feedback, comments, concerns or complaints very seriously.”