THE mother of a 20-year-old student who died from a heart attack has made a complaint against the ambulance service.

Uzma Sheikh, has slammed the ‘unsympathetic’ paramedics who arrived to help her daughter, Ashera at their home in Thirlmere Avenue, Haslingden, as she suffered from a blood clot on her lung on November 29.

Ashera asked for an ambulance after starting to struggle with her breathing and was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital but died from a heart attack before doctors could help her.

Mrs Sheikh said: “I don’t want to say too much but I have made a complaint to the investigating officer of the North West Ambulance Service and an investigation is underway.

“This is something that needs to be done for Ashera’s sake.”

The news of the investigation comes as the Durham University student’s friends held a memorial service in her honour.

Mrs Sheikh said: “Ashera’s 14-year-old sister Sidra and her aunt and uncles went up to the service but I could not face it.

“Around 150 of her friends and teachers attended the service and opened a memorial book.

"Sidra read out a poem and a speech was made by the vice principal of the university.

“The support me and my family have felt has been incredible, it has been such a comfort.”

Ashera was a gifted law student who had travelled home for a second opinion from her family doctor after becoming unwell at university.

The caring student had spent much of her time working for charity as well as taking part in a 10-week project in Sri Lanka to help build a school for disadvantaged children.

A week after her death Ashera’s family learned she had been accepted by the prestigious Lincoln’s Inn Court Chambers to complete her Bar at Law.

A spokesman from the North West Ambulance Service said: “The trust has received a formal complaint and a full investigation is being undertaken.

“Once the investigation is complete the findings of it will be reported to the family.”