A TRAGIC daughter who died weeks after plummeting 150 feet from Blackpool bus station had seemed “calm and positive” in the hours before her fall.
Details of the final movements of 24-year old Beth Davies unfolded as her heartbroken parents attended her inquest in Blackpool.
Beth , from St Annes, died on January 13, two weeks after falling more than 50 metres from Blackpool’s Talbot Road bus station on New Year’s Eve.
The inquest heard how the teaching assistant suffered “catastrophic injuries” in the fall but clung bravely to life for almost two weeks before contracting swine flu at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
Beth’s devastated father Tim Davies paid tribute to his daughter and said the family hoped her death would help raise awareness.
He added: “We’re still struggling to come to terms with the loss of our much-loved daughter.
“We’ve taken comfort from the breadth and warmth of the support we have received.
“We hope Beth’s death can play some small part in the ongoing struggle to raise awareness of mental health issues.”
The inquest heard how Beth had been seeing a counsellor and been in contact with him by text on December 30.
In a statement, Beth’s mother Lynne said: “There was no indication of what she was going to do the following morning.
“We thought she seemed quite positive that night – and calmer.”
Beth had gone to bed at 9.30pm and left the house early on New Year’s Eve.
Her sister thought she had gone for a run, but as time went on became concerned before a note from Beth was later found in her bedroom.
She was reported missing to police and the family were eventually called to the Vic.
As she was treated for her injuries, she contracted swine flu which caused an infection in her lungs and eventually led to her death.
Consultant pathologist Mark Sissons said: “Without her injuries, she would have had a much better chance of surviving the infection.
“Getting this on the back of life-threatening injuries contributed significantly to her death.”
Recording a verdict of suicide, HM Coroner Anne Hind said: “This must have been a terrible bolt from the blue.
“It’s difficult to believe this could have happened to such a young woman who had her whole life ahead of her.
“She was a very special person, lots of other people say she lit up their lives.
“She had a very poor self image however and thought nothing she did was good enough.
“I have reflected on this deeply and conclude she took her own life because she wanted to end her sadness.”