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Suicide tragedy of Nelson agoraphobia sufferer
A CORONER has labelled the death of an agoraphobia sufferer, who barely saw the outside world for more than 20 years, as a tragedy for both her and her close family.
Amanda Regan, 45, had been cared for by her parents Irene and Lawrence since the age of 23 and rarely left her room at their house in Nelson, Burnley Coroner’s Court was told.
But her father died four years ago, leaving her mother increasingly struggling to cope, until she was diagnosed with cancer last year, an inquest heard.
Her sisters, who had little or no contact with her, became involved in looking after her, and she began to receive help from mental health workers.
However, within days of moving out of the family home, which had been sold, she was found hanging at her new flat in Portland Street, Barrowford.
Days before she had been shopping with support worker Sandra Hudson, to equip her new home, and her family hoped she could make a fresh start, the inquest heard.
Her sister Deborah Bell, who lived opposite in Halifax Road, said that when she visited her parents, she would only stay for a short time, so Ms Regan did not have to remain in her room.
The inquest heard that Ms Regan had composed a number of letters shortly before her death, in which she admitted she had not been honest about the reasons behind her problems.
East Lancashire coroner Richard Taylor recorded a narrative verdict, saying that death was caused by “having suspended herself by the neck, while suffering from mental illness”.
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