Leeds student’s family ‘lost her’ when anorexia took over

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The family of a student who died after a long battle with anorexia say they lost her to the condition eight years ago.

Victoria Hudson, from Meanwood, returned from studying psychology at Huddersfield University feeling she needed to lose weight in 2004. Eight years later she died weighing just five and a half stones.

At the inquest into her death at Leeds Coroners Court yesterday, (Jan 17) her parents Paul Hudson and Jacqueline Roberts, from Kippax, witnessed evidence on how the condition led to the student being sectioned under the Mental Health Act numerous times, abandoning her degree and dying at home alone.

The court heard that Miss Hudson, 27, died after heart failure, which was likely to have been a result of her illness.

Her mother Jacqueline said: “She had a dry sense of humour like me but it’s just the illness restricted everything really – we lost her eight years ago.”

Miss Hudson, who grew up in Kippax, was in and out of the Yorkshire Centre for Eating Disorders, at Seacroft Hospital, and was sectioned several times in attempts to help her gain weight.

She got a flat, in Stonegate Chase, Meanwood, after leaving hospital in January 2011 and although she became isolated, she began studying a college course in computing.

Miss Hudson began cancelling outreach appointments but she continued to visit her GP.

Coroner David Hinchliff said Miss Hudson had problems making friends and she became introverted in later life.

Neighbours found her dead at her flat on April 20.

Peter Johnstone, from Leeds Partnership NHS Trust, compiled a report stating the support and treatment of her was right “despite the conclusion”.

Pathologist Dr Barrie Hartley told the inquest that 5ft 11in Miss Hudson’s heart and liver weighed half what they should.

Issuing a narrative verdict, Mr Hinchliff said: “She never fully complied with the treatment regime which had a major impact on her physical health and caused her death.”