By ALASTAIR TAYLOR
A LAD who only ate chips, toast and baked beans was killed by his junk diet — aged just 20.
After years of unhealthy eating, Scott Martin’s liver began to fail, he developed hepatitis and his blood would not clot.
Scott refused a life-saving liver transplant because he was too scared and was so weak he needed a wheelchair.
He finally bled to death after an op to remove three infected teeth.
His devastated family told yesterday how they had tried to get Scott to eat proper food since childhood.
His sister Gail Fairweather said: “Scott would never eat any fruit or vegetables. There were only a few things he would eat — McDonald’s chips were his favourite.
“He would eat toast — but only if it was made from sliced white Danish bread, with a thin spreading of Lurpak butter.
“ He would eat baked beans, but only Morrisons’ own brand and only now and then.
“He was always like that, from being little. Finding stuff he would eat was such a struggle.”
Scott, of Sunderland, fell ill last year and at first his family thought he had flu. Mum-of-six Gail said: “He was tired all the time and could not walk far. He got out of breath very quickly and could barely get across the room.”
Medics discovered liver problems — although he rarely drank. Scott was sent to a dietician after refusing the transplant — but didn’t like nutritional supplements on offer.
Doctors insisted on the teeth op, fearing Scott would be killed by blood poisoning — but afterwards his gums would not stop bleeding.
Mum Margaret, 48, said: “The hardest thing is he was so young. I’d do anything to have him back.”