Woman took overdose week after sister's suicide

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A WOMAN with a long history of depression swallowed an overdose of pills – just a week after her sister took her own life.

A WOMAN with a long history of depression swallowed an overdose of pills – just a week after her sister took her own life.The harrowing inquest into the death of Jacqueline Patel heard of the personal problems tormenting her in the lead-up to her death.

The 43-year-old had been seen surfing suicide websites and asked how easy it would be to hang yourself – the method by which her sister died – the inquest heard

Peterborough Magistrates' Court was told that Mrs Patel, who had recently separated from her husband, had suffered nine miscarriages and had struggled to come to terms with the fact she couldn't have children.

In August, she took a cocktail of medication prescribed for her depression.

When her friend, police and paramedics found her in her flat in Bringhurst, Orton Goldhay, Peterborough, she was slumped unconscious.

She died a few days later on August 20 in hospital.

But her husband and friend said she didn't intend to die.

Sanjay Patel said in a statement: "Although she was very poorly, I don't believe she wanted to end her life."

Friend and neighbour Rachel Newall said: "I think it was a cry for help."

City coroner Gordon Ryall said: "We know she died from the consequences of a drug overdose. She had a long history of depression.

"In her recent past, a very significant event was the fact her sister had taken her own life.

"She also had other personal problems."

He recorded an open verdict.