Trainee teacher, 22, dies of anxiety pill overdose because she 'just wanted to sleep like a normal person'
The teacher told her sister that she had taken pills and was really scared. She said she just wanted to sleep like a normal person.
The things stress can make you do. In a disturbing new incident, a trainee teacher reportedly died after an 'impulsive' overdose of anxiety medication, simply because she wished to sleep like a normal person. 22-year-old Claire Mayambala was a teaching assistant from Mitcham, south London.
The trainee teacher, as per Daily Mail, died after an overdose of anti-anxiety medication given to her just one week before her death. According to Westminster Coroner's Court, Claire sent a WhatsApp message to her half-sister Florence at 1.39am on August 6, 2018 to say she loved her. In another text message sent twenty minutes later, the young woman admitted to taking a large excess of the tablets.
It was later that police officials found the packaging of the said medicines on her bedside table. Florence said: "She said she had taken pills and was really scared. She said she just wanted to sleep like a normal person. I am not convinced she wanted to die, it was a cry for help."
At the inquest, it was discovered that Florence preferred not to call an ambulance because during a previous overdose paramedics had taken 40 minutes to arrive. Senior Coroner Dr. Fiona Wilcox said: "Florence explained in her statement that she had jumped into an uber at once as it would be quicker to do it that way. The ambulance was called once it became apparent how unwell Claire was."
The coroner also mentioned that although the ambulance called at 2.38 am, the half-hour delay in calling the ambulance did not contribute to the death. She said: "There would have been a delay in calling the ambulance of about half an hour." Dr. Wilcox continued, "This court will never know if this would have saved her life. However, given the truly horrific condition she was in, the delay in thirty minutes probably would not have made much of a difference."
Dr. Ahmed, who was Claire's GP, also made a statement at the inquest, saying that the 22-year-old had been diagnosed with both generalized anxiety disorder and cyclothymia, a condition similar to bipolar disorder. The senior coroner concluded the proceedings saying, "A conclusion of suicide would not give justice to the evidence."
"Claire died as a result of an impulsive overdose of a prescribed medication while suffering from anxiety. I have no doubt in the early hours in the morning Claire was anxious and distressed." She added, "She indicated to her sister she just wanted her anxiety to stop and sleep like everyone else. If she had an intention to take her own life she would not have contacted her sister."
The coroner continued, "This is a truly sad death of a young woman, just 22 years old, with her whole life ahead of her, with a long history of anxiety. It is such a pity that she took something so toxic. If she had chosen to take something else as part of her impulsive action she may have survived."