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Hairdresser's tragic text to boss at Melbourne salon as her brother dies of a heart attack

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 10/30/2022 David Southwell For Daily Mail Australia

A hairdresser has revealed the devastating texts she received from a young employee as she watched her 16-year-old brother suffer a fatal heart attack.

Prue Taylor, who owns the Lady and the Hair Salon in Melton, west Melbourne told Daily Mail Australia she was wondering why her apprentice Chelsea Goggin, 18, hadn't turned up to work by 9am on Friday, 'which was totally out of character'.

Then she saw a frantic string of texts from Chelsea, with the first one being sent 10 minutes before her shift was due to start.

'Call me asap,' the first message said.

This was immediately followed by: 'My brothers heart has stopped beating and his not breathing' (sic).

Pictured: The series of texts hairdressing salon owner Prue Taylor found on her phone from a young apprentice who hadn't shown to work © Provided by Daily Mail Pictured: The series of texts hairdressing salon owner Prue Taylor found on her phone from a young apprentice who hadn't shown to work Pictured: Helen Stephens with her 18-year-old daughter Chelsea and 16-year-old son Nathan, who tragically passed away after a fatal heart attack © Provided by Daily Mail Pictured: Helen Stephens with her 18-year-old daughter Chelsea and 16-year-old son Nathan, who tragically passed away after a fatal heart attack

'I had to call 000,' the next one read, before the final text stated: 'Mums not here yet'.

Ms Taylor still has the texts on her phone and says every time she reads them her eyes 'fill with tears'. 

She is now trying to raise money for the family to help give Nathan 'the farewell he deserves'.

When Ms Taylor rang Chelsea she was watching ambulance officers try to revive her brother Nathan.

Chelsea said Nathan was fine on Thursday night but on Friday morning at about 8am he complained about a pain that 'was everywhere in his back'.

'I turned around to get him a water, didn't even leave the room and he collapsed,' Chelsea told Ms Taylor.

Prue Taylor, the owner of Melbourne salon the Lady and the Hair, is raising money to give Nathan the farewell 'he deserves' © Provided by Daily Mail Prue Taylor, the owner of Melbourne salon the Lady and the Hair, is raising money to give Nathan the farewell 'he deserves'

After she called Triple 0 the ambulance arrived quickly and paramedics spent two and a half for two hours trying to revive him at the family's west Melbourne home in Melton.

They eventually took Nathan to the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne while Chelsea waited for her mother Helen Stephens to get home from her early morning shift at a bakery. 

When Chelsea and her mother arrived arrived at hospital they were met with the devastating news that Nathan wasn't going to make it. 

'They told us they have to do an autopsy and investigation as they don't know what it was,' Chelsea said.

Doctors have told the family they believe a back spasm may have triggered Nathan's heart attack © Provided by Daily Mail Doctors have told the family they believe a back spasm may have triggered Nathan's heart attack

Doctors believe Nathan may have suffered a back spasm, which activated the aneurysm in his heart. 

Ms Taylor has now set up a GoFundMe page to give Nathan the farewell 'he deserves'.

She said the family were just finding their feet financially after Ms Stephens separated from her partner, which had made it hard to get together the money for a house the couple were buying together. 

'I feel for her so badly because they really have been through so much,' Ms Taylor said.

'They got the house. They were really excited. They finally got the finance.'

'They don't have a lot. They work for so hard for what they do have.

'This was the start of their new life together.' 

On the GoFundMe page Ms Taylor wrote the family 'were really starting to see the rainbow after the storm and now they have been struck with this unimaginable loss… it's not fair'.

Chelsea watched as paramedics fought for two and a half hours to revive her brother Nathan © Provided by Daily Mail Chelsea watched as paramedics fought for two and a half hours to revive her brother Nathan

Ms Taylor said that Nathan was a video game player and history buff who was a really good kid. 

'He was so excited to have his first job at Kmart Melton,' she said.  

'He was kind of kid that loved school and was never in any trouble. He never complained about anything just a really kind kid with a big heart

'Nathan will be sadly missed by all who knew him.'

Everyone at Ms Taylor's salon cried as soon as they heard the news.   

Ms Taylor said Ms Stephens wants to share the story of what happened to Nathan  'because it would make her happy to know that it gives people a better perspective on life and how temporary it can be'.

'She hopes it helps one person hug their kids tighter and realise not every day is passed.' 

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