Thursday 26 March 2020

British teen dies in hospital after suicide attempt over coronavirus fears

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A British teen has died after she attempted suicide over fears of being self-quarantined with the coronavirus.

19-year-old waitress, Emily Owen from King’s Lynn in London died in a hospital on Sunday after trying to take her own life due to fears of the “mental health impacts” of isolation amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the Sun reports.

British teen dies in hospital after suicide attempt over coronavirus fears

Days before she was found critically ill on Wednesday, March 18., Owen warned relatives she was unable to deal with “her world closing in, plans being canceled and being stuck inside” during the global pandemic, according to the report.

Owen had been in critical condition since the suicide attempt before her relatives decided to remove her from life support, allowing doctors to prepare her organs for donation.

The 19-year-old who registered as an organ donor at the age of 12 will have her body parts donated to four people, including three children, according to the fundraiser, which had raised more than $3,100 as of Wednesday.

British teen dies in hospital after suicide attempt over coronavirus fears

“We are heartbroken that we won’t see her breeze through our doors like a tornado of energy again, or hear her distinctive laugh,” the post reads. “She was a big part of our team and we will miss her enormously.”

Owen’s sister, Annabel, said her family was “absolutely devastated” by the loss, the Sun reports.

Annabel added in the Facebook tribute: 'We are all absolutely devastated but also immensely proud of everything she achieved in her life. 

'So many people have messaged us saying how Emily helped them through hard times of their own, and we had no idea how much positive impact she had on those around her.

'To many people, Emily was a really fun, energetic, happy girl, but only a few were aware of the many years of internal battles she had.

She also revealed that Emily had been diagnosed with “high-functioning autism” four years ago and struggled to fit in.

'Few people are aware but four years ago she was diagnosed with high-functioning autism and had a daily battle to fit in and conform to social norms.

'She didn't want anyone to know, but now she has gone we want to make people know that autism comes in all shapes and sizes.'

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