Heartbroken mum’s ‘hell’ as son’s body is exhumed

From left, Liz Cummings, her father George and step mother Pam Cummings, (nee Rochester). The family are having Christopher's body exhumed as one of his kidneys was missing when his body was retured to the UK.

From left, Liz Cummings, her father George and step mother Pam Cummings, (nee Rochester). The family are having Christopher's body exhumed as one of his kidneys was missing when his body was retured to the UK.

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A MOTHER has spoken of her heartache after watching her son’s body being exhumed.

Mum Pam and stepfather George Cummings said they have been “sent to hell and back” after the remains of Christopher Rochester, who died after falling from a balcony on the island of Rhodes in 2000, were taken from his grave on Sunday night.

Pam and George have always argued the 24-year-old could have survived the fall had he received proper hospital treatment.

An inquest the next year revealed neglect had contributed to Christopher’s death.

When his body was flown home, a kidney was missing and when one was later sent, DNA tests revealed it was not his.

After being exhumed, Christopher’s remains were taken to a hospital mortuary for further DNA tests after Greek authorities insisted on new checks.

On Sunday night, his parents, sister Liz, 18, and girlfriend Maggie Jones, 41, comforted each other as the grim task of removing the remains took place.

Mrs Cummings said: “We’ve had to go through with it.

“We’ve had no choice, and now it is up to the Greeks.”

She added: “I hope it doesn’t take too long. When we get the results back I hope the Greeks act upon it.

“They have sent us to hell and back over the last 11 years. It has been horrendous.”