Beloved Derbyshire nursery nurse took her own life over incurable brain tumour – Derbyshire Live

Posted: December 2, 2019 at 5:44 am

A Derbyshire mum hanged herself after finding out she had an incurable brain tumour, an inquest heard.

Tracy Wardle was described as having everything to live for, including a young daughter, before receiving the devastating diagnosis.

Mrs Wardle, 36, from Langley Mill, was found by her partner on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

The inquest heard that, just hours before her death, Mrs Wardle had woken up her partner, wanting to be comforted because she was in pain.

Mrs Wardle, a nursery nurse, had been told by doctors that any treatment she had would only control the tumour.

A woman at the inquest said she and Mrs Wardle had been best friends for over 20 years.

She said: She had a brain tumour and we went through all that with her.

She was in a lot of pain. She had enough.

Her daughter was her biggest priority in life.

The inquest heard that Mrs Wardle, who was born in Salford, was estranged from her husband but they remained close friends.

Assistant coroner Louise Pinder said Mrs Wardle was awaiting results from a scan when she died.

She said: She was found hanging on the stairs by her partner.

She started to have seizures that led to the diagnosis.

Oncology were finding it difficult to engage with her. She was in denial about how serious it was.

The best that could be offered to her was life extension, not a cure.

A spokesperson at Derbyshire police said they were asked to attend a house in Langley Mill at 1pm on September 12, 2018.

She said paramedics from East Midlands Ambulance Service were already at the scene and told officers that Mrs Wardle had died.

The officer said her partner of one year had woken up after midday, realised Mrs Wardle wasnt in bed and had then seen Tracy at the top of the stairs.

She said: He realised that she appeared to be deceased. He got a knife from the kitchen and cut the scarf and placed her body at the top of the stairs. He was in a lot of shock.

He then rang emergency services.

The officer added: Her partner said in the night she asked him to hug her at 2am. She had woken him up to say my head is hurting, can you comfort me.

I believe shes been in pain and its been a quick act. It was a snap decision.

She said Mrs Wardle was close to her young daughter but due to her physical health she couldnt have full care.

The pathologist said a post mortem examination had been carried out which showed there were no signs of an overdose.

Mrs Wardles GP at Brooklyn Medical Practice, in Langley Mill, said she had been registered to the surgery in May 2018 after suffering from a seizure.

He said in April 2018 she had surgery on the grade four tumour, one whose cells grow rapidly and spread faster than tumours with a lower grade.

Later, she was taken to A&E by a friend after she reported feeling strange and hearing voices.

He said Mrs Wardle accepted chemotherapy and radiotherapy but all treatment was aimed towards controlling things.

The inquest heard that, by August, Mrs Wardle had finished her radiotherapy treatment.

She was seen by her GP and a Macmillan representative in August who were concerned about her as she had not taken her medication.

Her friend added: We were all shocked. She had been planning things for the future. The brain tumour was why it all happened.

She had everything to live for, she just got a house and started a new life with her partner. She had a daughter.

When she was diagnosed it all fell apart.

The coroner agreed with the pathologists findings that Mrs Wardle died due to asphyxia after being found hanging by a ligature.

He also referenced her depression and that she was being treated for a brain tumour.

Mrs Pinder said: I conclude that Tracey took her own life.

She was very well supported by her friends and family.

In the face of this catastrophic diagnosis, it seems something overwhelmed her that night and as a result of that she carried out this act.

Shes a huge loss to you.

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