A strange story that raises the question — should she have been evaluated for her mental condition? This was a preventable death.
A teenager died from a heart attack caused by constipation – after going eight weeks without a bowel movement, an inquest heard.
Emily Titterington, 16, had a phobia of using the loo and would frequently withhold her stools for up to two months.
Eventually her bowel grew so large it compressed her chest cavity and caused the displacement of other organs.
Emily had mild autism. Her abdomen was distended because of this serious condition. How was this not noticed as very serious!?
During the inquest, a family member said they had tried a number of different remedies included homeopathic pills, and “a technique known as Body Talk, which involved so-called “distance healing”.” So, it appears they knew she had some ailment, but it’s not clear what they thought they were treating her for nor monitoring her condition.
Her mother says that Emily did not want to be medically examined. Yet, she was not capable of that decision considering her age. The mother claims that Emily could have been saved if she had been “designated a support person, a professional person allocated to herself that she could build a relationship with.”
It is extremely rare to die from this condition.
To what degree was the family too reliant on alternative cures? Did this cause them to delay action that could have saved her life? Was there neglect considering her mental condition? These are questions that automatically surface when reading this story. We will follow up on the inquest results.
Addition (2-July 2015): A BBC report today says Emily’s sister Hannah “raised concerns about the impact “parental anxieties” had on her, and said she had warned social services “something terrible might happen” the year before.”