A teen who collapsed in her university dorm room after a long battle with anorexia wrote troubling diary entries before her death, an inquest has heard.
Averil Hart died in December 2012 in her first semester of her university studies after being discharged from the eating disorder unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, in the UK.
Ms Hart, who was diagnosed with an eating disorder in 2008, was discharged from the hospital on August 2, 2012, despite her not hitting her goal weight of 50kg.
The BBC reports the 19-year-old collapsed in her dorm room at the University of East Anglia in Norwich just four months later, and was taken to hospital in Norwich before being transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital where she died on December 15, 2012.
According to the BBC, after being discharged from the hospital in August she wrote in her diary about her weight and how she would falsify it during weigh-ins and restrict what she was eating.
Then again in October she said she weighed just 42kg.
Just a month before her death, she wrote about the impacts of her eating disorder.
“I can’t believe I’m still going, what I’m even running on any more,” the BBC reports, according to the inquest.
“I just look thin and in pain. It makes me so sad.”
During the inquest, her father said she was in the hospital for 10 months from 2011 to 2012, and was given a meal plan and underwent daily weight checks.
According to The Mirror, Ms Hart’s father Nic told coroner Sean Horstead he expected a “different but equally” robust monitoring and treatment regime after she was discharged from hospital.
The publication reports Ms Hart’s is one of five inquests linked to deaths of women with eating disorders who were being looked after by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.
The inquest into Ms Hart’s death is expected to last for four weeks.
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