Suicidal ex-teacher 'died from overdose while awaiting decision on her psychiatric care'

Mail Online | 11/19/2019 | Faith Ridler For Mailonline
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A 'wonderful' former teacher who suffered from a severe eating disorder took her own life while awaiting clinical decisions regarding her psychiatric care, an inquest has heard.

Rebecca Hursey was tormented for years by 'constant intrusive thoughts' about foods, fluids and vitamins, and routinely self-harmed after eating as she believed she was 'feeding evil inside her', her mother told Inner West London Coroner's Court.

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The 39-year-old, from Leicester, died after her third overdose attempt in just over a year, and was pronounced dead in the early hours of May 4 last year after suffering a cardiac arrest at St George's Hospital in Tooting, south London.

She was found unwell on the morning of May 3 on the Avalon Ward at the Springfield psychiatric hospital in Tooting, where she had been an in-patient for five years.

Parents - Ruth - Michael - Hursey - Swindon

Her parents Ruth and Michael Hursey, from Swindon, Wiltshire, attended the first day of her inquest on Tuesday, which is being heard by a jury.

They said she had made good initial progress at the specialist facility but then 'fell off her food plan' after the ward was refurbished in 2015 and the number of patients rose from 15 to 23.

Ms - Hursey - Blood - Transfusions - Restraint

Ms Hursey, who needed regular blood transfusions under restraint to treat her severe anaemia, was detained under the Mental Health Act in 2016 after a number of pain relief tablets were found in her room, the inquest heard.

Retired head teacher Mr Hursey said he and his wife grew to feel 'completely abandoned' by Avalon staff and said his daughter was left without her 'only life line' after being told regular sessions with her psychotherapist would be stopped in early 2018.

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Days before her death, a planned meeting regarding her future care was postponed by two weeks which the parents said they 'really believe was the final straw for Rebecca'.

They added: 'She...
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