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Sicklesmere mother took her own life, inquest at Suffolk Coroner's Court hears




A 'loving and caring' mother, who felt she lost her independence after a fall down the stairs left her with chronic back and shoulder pain, took her own life, an inquest heard.

Carol Game, of Sicklesmere, attempted suicide on October 29 last year, and paramedics were called out to her home.

She refused to be taken into hospital, and it was agreed with her husband, David Game, she would stay at home where he would take care of her with his son, the inquest at Suffolk Coroner's Court, in Ipswich, heard today.

A 'loving and caring' mother who felt she lost her independence after a fall down the stairs took her own life, an inquest heard. Picture: Mark Westley.
A 'loving and caring' mother who felt she lost her independence after a fall down the stairs took her own life, an inquest heard. Picture: Mark Westley.

The court heard how Mrs Game, 64, had left a note to family and planned her suicide during the night when everyone would be asleep, but was 'glad' her attempt had not succeeded.

However, the following morning, paramedics were called out again after Mr Game had found his wife unresponsive in bed.

Paramedics arrived and it was confirmed Mrs Game had died.

Suffolk Coroners Court, in Ipswich. Picture: Mark Westley.
Suffolk Coroners Court, in Ipswich. Picture: Mark Westley.

A toxicology report showed Mrs Game had over fatal levels of a painkiller in her system.

The inquest heard how Mrs Game, previously a secretary, was a loving and caring woman who enjoyed spending time in her garden and with family, but that she felt she had lost her independence after a fall down the stairs in 1997 had left her with chronic back and shoulder pain, for which she was taking medication.

From 2018 she had started relying on mental health services.

During an assessment on September 7 last year, she was diagnosed with suicidal thoughts and anxiety.

Mrs Game died on October 30 last year. Picture: Mark Westley.
Mrs Game died on October 30 last year. Picture: Mark Westley.

It was noted her ongoing pain problems were a contributing factor to her poor mental health.

Tim Deeming, coroner, concluded Mrs Game's death would be considered a suicide due to drug overdose.

He expressed his condolences to Mrs Game's family, who were not in attendance at the court.

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