Man died after ‘self-inflicted’ insulin overdose - coroner


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A ‘VULNERABLE’ man died after he took an overdose of his insulin, a coroner has concluded.

Jack Ellis, aged 20 and from Weston, was dead found in his flat in Wadham Street by his mum, Helen Ellis and paramedics in March this year.

Medical evidence was unable to establish whether it was a deliberate overdose.

Mr Ellis had met his mother five days earlier, and in a statement read out in court, she said he seemed well.

Dr Cordelia Feuchtwang, from the Yeo Vale Medical Practice in Yatton, treated Mr Ellis from 2009.

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Speaking to Flax Bourton Coroners’ Court, she said he had diabetes and Asperger’s along with an on-going mental health condition.

She said: “In the summer of 2013 he had taken a serious insulin overdose because he was very upset and was admitted to hospital.

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“He mentioned his triggers were when he felt unsafe or especially if he was being bullied by people from college or in bars he went to.

“He had strategies for support with who to phone if he was feeling vulnerable.”

Senior coroner Maria Voisin said the cause of death was not possible to determine.

She gave a narrative conclusion, and said: “On the balance of probability he died due to a self-inflicted overdose of insulin.”

* For the full details and reaction from the family, pick up a copy of Thursday’s Mercury.

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