English Woman Dies After Battling Anorexia For 10 Years

English Woman Dies After Battling Anorexia For 10 Years Credit: Shutterstock

AN inquest has heard today how Maria Jakes, 24, who died last September had battled anorexia for 10 years while being treated by the NHS.

The inquest heard that patients with anorexia nervosa often ‘highly valued’ their condition, making them reluctant to co-operate with treatment.

The inquest into the death of Ms Jakes is due to last for six days.

There are another four recorded deaths in the region for anorexia. One of the other cases was the death of 19-year-old Averil hart who died in 2012.

The official report for this case stated, according to the Independent, that the death of Averil Hart was an “avoidable tragedy.”

That the Cambridge Acute Trust’s actions fell far short of what should have happened, and constituted service failure.

The report stated that every NHS organisation involved in Averil’s care missed significant opportunities to prevent the tragedy unfolding at every stage of her illness from August 2012 to her death on December 15 2012.

The report calls for junior doctors to be trained about eating disorders as well as greater provision of eating disorder specialists and better coordination of care between NHS organisations treating people with eating disorders.

Euro Weekly News understands that the other three deaths in the region, also caused from suffering from anorexia nervosa were: 45-year-old Amanda Bowles, who died in September 2017. Madeline Wallace, 18, who died in March 2018, while Emma Brown, 27, died just a few months later in August 2018.


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