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Merna Aprem, 20, lived in a nursing home in western Sydney for a few months when she slipped under the water and drowned last Thursday.

A Sydney mother talked about her fear after her autistic and epileptic daughter was found dead in a bathtub a few days before her 21st birthday.

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Merna Aprem, 20, lived in a nursing home in western Sydney for a few months when she slipped under the water and drowned last Thursday.

Her mother, Tanya Petrus, said that she had last spoken with her daughter on the phone on the morning of 23 May.

Merna was found dead later in the day after the NSW police were called to the facility at 7 p.m. and the paramedics could not save her.

Merna Aprem, 20, lived in a nursing home in western Sydney for a few months when she slipped under the water and drowned last Thursday.

Merna Aprem

Merna Aprem

Merna Aprem, 20, lived in a nursing home in western Sydney for a few months when she slipped under the water and drowned last Thursday.

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Mrs. Peter announced that she intended to celebrate the young woman's milestone birthday next week, but is now preparing to let her rest.

& # 39; She had written all her birthday invitations, & # 39; the grieving mother told AAP through tears.

& # 39; I want to make sure that no parent goes through what I am going through. This has changed me forever. & # 39;

The single mother of six now asks to know how her daughter may have been left to die.

She had been reluctant to ask for Merna for a long time, but did so after the 20-year-old's behavior became increasingly difficult to manage.

On some mornings, Merna had bites on her lip and tongue, signs of takeovers.

Fearing that her daughter would fall down the stairs or fall into the shower, Peter decided that she needed care 24 hours a day.

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NDIS financing and careful research brought her to Afford, which operates group homes in western Sydney.

& # 39; In 20 years I have never asked for delay or help … this was the only time I asked for help & # 39 ;, said Peter.

Mrs. Peter decided that Merna needed 24-hour care after fearing that her daughter might fall down the stairs or fall into the shower. NDIS financing and careful research brought her to Afford, which operates group homes in western Sydney

Mrs. Peter decided that Merna needed 24-hour care after fearing that her daughter might fall down the stairs or fall into the shower. NDIS financing and careful research brought her to Afford, which operates group homes in western Sydney

Mrs. Peter decided that Merna needed 24-hour care after fearing that her daughter might fall down the stairs or fall into the shower. NDIS financing and careful research brought her to Afford, which operates group homes in western Sydney

The single-storey brick house with five bedrooms in Woodbine to which Merna moved mid-March cost thousands of dollars a week under the NDIS.

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Merna loved three things – Star Wars, swimming and routine – so it took time to accept the significant change in her living conditions.

After a rock-solid start, Merna was warming up to staff and making friends towards the end of April.

& # 39; I feel guilty, I kept saying to her & # 39; stay, you will have friends & # 39;, & # 39; said Peter.

& # 39; I would see her once or twice a week. I kept asking (Afford) & # 39; Please have staff regularly check her so she knows their faces & # 39 ;. & # 39;

& # 39; Investigation suggests drowning was the cause of death of women & # 39 ;, NSW Police told AAP on Thursday. & # 39; A report will be prepared for the coroner. & # 39;

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Afford & # 39; s customer services manager, Casey Hailes, believes the young woman had a medical episode.

Mrs Hailes told AAP that Afford still has to be provided with a formal cause of death.

& # 39; I don't believe she stayed in the bath for too long and I don't believe she drowned & # 39 ;, she said, adding that the & # 39; tragic event & # 39; used to be.

& # 39; She was a very, very independent young woman. & # 39;

The group home is staffed 24 hours a day with staff sleeping in a bedroom.

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Mrs. Hailes said the house & # 39; without a doubt & # 39; was well occupied and with enough experienced employees last Thursday.

But, Mrs. Hailes said, Afford had not been informed of Merna's overnight stays and, if that information had been disclosed, they would have submitted documents to the NDIS and applied for funding to meet those needs.

Afford has hired an external investigator to investigate the incident reported to the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission.

Employees were formally interviewed by the police and were offered face-to-face counseling.

Merna will be brought to rest next week with playing Star Wars themes in the church.

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