Teenager died from epileptic fit, inquest told

PUBLISHED: 11:34 20 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:11 26 October 2009

A 17-YEAR-OLD girl, who had plans to travel the world, died of an epileptic fit while in the bath, an inquest heard. Paramedics found Melissa Smith on her bathroom floor being given basic mouth-to-mouth by her father Sid. The teenager from Wood Vale, Hatf

A 17-YEAR-OLD girl, who had plans to travel the world, died of an epileptic fit while in the bath, an inquest heard.

Paramedics found Melissa Smith on her bathroom floor being given basic mouth-to-mouth by her father Sid.

The teenager from Wood Vale, Hatfield, was then taken to the QE2 Hospital.

Melissa, a former pupil at Five Oaks and Bishop's Hatfield Girls' schools, had a history of epilepsy and was first diagnosed with the seizure-related condition in early 2003.

In November, the Asda worker was sent to the QE2 for a review after she reported having five fits in two months.

A week later, on November 26, she died.

A post-mortem was held by consultant pathologist Dr Motez Al-Izzi, who suggested there was a lower level of medicine in her blood than expected, but couldn't be certain that Melissa had an epileptic fit.

However, coroner Graham Danbury told Hatfield Coroner's Court: "I'm certainly satisfied that its extremely more likely than not that Melissa suffered an epileptic fit while in the bath and that is what caused her death."

Father Sid said he was happy with the verdict and it was what the family expected.

Melissa also leaves her mother Michelle, sisters Bethany and Rebecca, her brother Jamie and her boyfriend Frank McMurray.


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