Mother-Of-Seven Hanged Herself Just Weeks After Discovering She Was Pregnant Again..
Posted On 22/04/2017
A mum-of-seven suffering from depression took her own life just weeks after discovering she was pregnant again, an inquest heard. Carla Murtagh, 34, from Birmingham, had booked an appointment to have an abortion, but later changed her mind and decided to keep the baby.
But nine days later the full time mum told her husband Matthew at home she wanted to ‘go upstairs and be left alone’, before being found hanged. Birmingham Mail reports that the city’s coroner’s court heard how Carla was rushed to Heartlands Hospital by paramedics after Matthew found her, and A&E staff attempted to resuscitate her. Doctors performed an emergency caesarian on the mum, who was 25 weeks pregnant at the time, but the baby was stillborn. A short time later, Carla was pronounced dead by medics. The inquest heard how she and Matthew already had seven children, aged between 15 years and 14 months. They had been ‘shocked’ to find Carla was pregnant again in August 2016 Due to the size of their family, and considerations about Carla’s health, she had initially said she wanted an abortion. He found his wife hanged in the bedroom and called for help. He attempted CPR as paramedics arrived, and Carla was taken by ambulance to Heartlands Hospital.
A post-mortem examination later revealed she had alcohol, cannabis and antidepressant fluoxetine in her blood, a combination that could result in Central Nervous System Depression.