Earlier this year Meegan Hefford had been ramping up her diet and exercise regime ahead of a bodybuilding competition. But what the mum-of-two couldn’t have known is that the protein supplements she was taking to build muscle were actually harming her.
On June 19 the 25-year-old was found unconscious in her home in Mandurah, an hour’s drive south of Perth and rushed to hospital. Days later she was pronounced dead.
Now, her heartbroken family is sharing her story as a warning to others of the potential dangers of over-consumption of protein supplements.
Meegan's mum Michelle White told Seven News that her daughter had a rare, undiagnosed condition that meant her body couldn't break down protein properly, causing a buildup of ammonia in her blood and fluid in her brain.