Rape victim died on hospital trolley in corridor after overdose of diet pills ‘because A&E was overcrowded’

The vegan and animal rescue advocate, known as Beth, took the industrial DNP tablets and died in February last year

THE heartbreaking final text a young woman sent before she died on a hospital trolley after taking an overdose of online diet pills was revealed at an inquest today.

A vulnerable young rape victim who died after taking an overdose of online diet pills in a hospital corridor ‘because the A&E department was too overcrowded’, an inquest has heard.

Bethany Shipsey suffered from severe mental health issues after being emotionally abused, sexually assaulted and raped by her ex-boyfriend Barry Finch.

The 23-year-old was convicted of rape and jailed for six years in August 2016.

Bethany – who was on home leave from a psychiatric ward at the time of her death – was rushed to Worcestershire Royal Hospital on February 15 after taking a lethal concoction of weight loss pills she had bought online.

But the 21-year-old from Worcester was “not considered a suicide risk” by mental health doctors – despite previously taking 14 overdoses.

Tragic Bethany died on a hospital trolley having been moved three times in 20 minutes.

Her last words were “mum, mum, mum.”

An emergency junior doctor at Worcestershire Royal Hospital said he could not transfer her to the resuscitation room because the department was full.

Under questioning from Michael Walsh, representing Ms Shipsey’s parents, Doug, 52, and Carole, 57, the doctor said he should have consulted the Poisons department in order to fully understand a drug he had “never seen before”.

At Worcestershire Coroner’s Court on Monday, Dr Alireza Niroumand, who was an emergency junior medical doctor at the Worcestershire A&E department at the time, said: “Ms Shipsey was waiting at the end of the corridor because the department was full of patients in beds waiting to be seen.

“It was one of the busiest days I have seen at Worcestershire A&E of the few days that I had been working there.

“I’m not a co-ordinator but we had probably been trying too hard.”

Dr Niroumand also said he did not use the database called “Toxbase” to learn about the drug because the files he needed had been given to him by a nurse.

During Dr Niroumand’s evidence, coroner Geraint Williams asked him: “When you do not know the drug, surely it is even more important to get specialist advice?”

Dr Nirvana Chandrappa, a senior consultant psychiatrist from Worcestershire Health and Care, also gave evidence at the hearing.

He said: “I became aware that there was a suicide pact between her and her ex-partner.

“I came to the view she had an emotionally unstable personality disorder.”

After meeting her again in January 2017, Dr Chandrappa said 24 red and yellow diet pills were found in her jacket.

Dr Chandrappa continued: “I had spoken to her about the dangers of using the diet pills.

“Ms Shipsey had informed us they were the pills she bought earlier, had stopped using them and had no intention of using them further.

“In the same week we became aware that she was getting threatening messages.”

On the day of the incident, Ms Shipsey had messaged a friend with “tear emojis” saying: “I have just overdosed on DNP. I’m petrified of telling anyone because it is like my 15th overdose.”

Dr Chandrappa added: “On February 15 she used her home leave with her family and unfortunately the incident happened and my deepest condolences go to the family for what happened.”

The inquest into her death continues.

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Source : http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/rape-victim-died-hospital-trolley-11818393
Source : https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5291508/bethany-shipsey-diet-pills-overdose-final-texts/

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