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'Vindication' For Woman Who Wanted ME On Death Certificate

Sunday 29 July 2018


Please note: This article contains references to death. If you have feelings of helplessness, or of suicidal thoughts, seek help immediately. Lifeline is an excellent starting point: Lifeline – Suicide Prevention resources and links.


From BBC News:


Merryn Crofts
Merryn Crofts is the second person in the UK
to have ME recorded as her cause of death.

'Vindication' for woman who wanted ME on death certificate

By Jim Taylor
BBC Radio 5 Live
27 July 2018
Copyright © 2018 BBC.

The family of only the second person in the UK to have ME recorded on their death certificate say they feel "vindicated" by the ruling.

Merryn Crofts from Rochdale died in May last year, 10 days after her 21st birthday.

Her mother Clare Norton told BBC Radio 5 live's Anna Foster that Merryn had started to doubt herself after being misdiagnosed by doctors.

She said hearing the coroner's verdict "meant everything".

"It's vindication for Merryn because it would have meant so much to her. She was scared of doctors and of telling people she had ME."

Clare described her daughter as a "live wire" growing up, with a packed social life and a love of drama, but said she "lost her bounce" when she started to develop symptoms of ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis), also known chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), at the age of 15.



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