'A 15-year-old girl with anorexia who was found hanged in her bedroom told her family she would 'rather die than eat', an inquest heard.
Ellie Long, of Wymondham, Norfolk, had been struggling with a 'low mood' for two years and had previously written a suicide note, a coroner was told.
Her family said she had been 'failed by everyone' after struggling to get help from health and social services for her eating disorder – including being given a double dose of anti-depressants Prozac by doctors who had not even seen her in person.
Mother Nicki Long told Norfolk Coroner's Court Ellie began to suffer sleeping problems after losing weight, which led to self-harming and suicidal thoughts.
According to the Eastern Daily Press, Ellie was flushing her breakfast down the toilet and throwing her lunch away at school, and her mother was so concerned by her weight she tried to increase her calorie intake by pouring full fat milk into semi-skimmed containers and flattening thick-cut bread with a rolling pin.
Eventually she confessed her problems to her mother and elder sister Hannah and was taken to a GP, who referred her to the Eating Disorder Service (EDS), but her family claimed her illness was not taken seriously enough.
She even ended up in hospital for nine days due to concerns over her heart-rate but was 'distraught to be missing school' which only made her low mood worse.
The paper reported Ellie refused to comply with eating plans of at least 600 calories a day because she 'felt like she was stuffing her face' and thought doctors were 'patronising'.
The BBC reported doctors doubled her Prozac dosage without seeing her in person.'
Read more: Girl, 15, who was given anti-depressants to help with her anorexia hanged herself at home after telling her family she 'would rather kill herself than eat'
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