‘Beautiful’ nurse with psoriasis kills herself

‘Beautiful’ nurse with psoriasis kills herself

Hollie McEwen had a first class honours degree in nursing and a promising career to look forward too.

But after her childhood psoriasis reappeared due to stress the 28-year-old became so depressed she took her own life.

Her heartbroken father Andrew revealed: “She was a beautiful, vibrant young woman who felt she couldn’t deal with the condition. She felt this was the only way out.”

An inquest was told Hollie had suffered from bulimia as a teenager which her family put down to the disease which causes red, flaky, crusty patches of skin across her body.

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Her mother Wendy said: “Her skin condition played a large part in her problems as a teenager and when older I feel this was at the root of all the problems.”

Hollie’s body was found suspended by wire from a bedroom loft just two days after she had sought medical help for her depression.

She had spent a long time writing letters to loved ones which were found in a bin.

Her father, who saw her the evening before the tragedy, said: “She was a happy, young woman who enjoyed her work and social life but she kept everything very close to herself. We had a good laugh on that last night and there was no indication she was unhappy.”

Mrs McEwen said her daughter, who lived in Scawsby, Doncaster had treatment for psoriasis over the last few years involving hospital stays and steroids after suffering anxiety attacks.

Shortly before her death Hollie had enjoyed a family holiday in Turkey but was “down” after being given an anti-depression drug by her GP which failed to lighten her mood.

“She was an intelligent, determined and organised young woman,” added her mother.. “I told her to keep going with the tablets and give it time.”

When told about her daughter’s death she said: “I was in absolute shock. Her death has left a large hole in our family. I still can’t understand why this has happened.”

Hollie’s brother Andrew told the Doncaster hearing there was no indication of what she intended to do but admitted: “As a teenager she was always conscious of her skin condition and it worried her greatly.”

Hollie’s neighbour Elaine Lunn found a note from her on the morning of Friday May 23 asking her to call the emergency services so Hollie’s family would not find her body.

Behavioural psychotherapist Jessica Dunn who had a session with Hollie just two days before she died broke down crying as she told how Hollie had started to feel overwhelmed at having to plan a friend’s hen party.

“She was well presented with immaculate hair and make-up,” said Miss Dunn. She added she had “dark thoughts” but had no intention of carrying them out. “She told me “I wouldn’t put my family through that.”

Assistant Doncaster coroner Fred Curtis said: “She was a young lady who has achieved well in just about everything she has done.

“She had the most loving of families a family that really cared for her.”

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