Anorexic woman Louise Cooper , 44, with a BMI of just 12.5 was found dead at home after doctors failed to monitor her condition during lockdown, inquest hears

Pictured: Louise Cooper, 44, was found dead at home after doctors failed to monitor her anorexia during lockdown, a coroner heard as he filed a prevention of future deaths report

Louise Cooper, 44, who had suffered from an eating disorder “for many years”, died from severe malnutrition after and had an ‘extremely low’ body mass index (BMI) of just 12.5, the hearing was told.

After being hospitalised with the condition, Louise was referred to a clinical psychologist and then later to her GP surgery in Blackpool, who were supposed to monitor over lockdown – but an “administrative issue” meant she never received the support she needed.

The coroner stated: ‘Louise knew that the clinical psychologist with whom she had worked over a number of years was due to go on maternity leave.

‘She did not wish to work with any other members of the Eating Disorder Service team.’

She was then discharged from the eating disorder service on the understanding she would be monitored by her GP. 

At the time, her body mass index (BMI) was at 12.5. Anything below 15 is considered extreme anorexia and adults are considered underweight if they are below 18.5.

“The GP surgery was notified about the discharge but due to an administrative issue, the need for Louise to be monitored was not appreciated.

“She did not receive the necessary monitoring.

“During the weeks preceding Louise’s death, her health went into further decline. This was in part contributed to by the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020 which left her more isolated.

In his report to Gillian Keegan MP, a minister with the Department of Health and Social Care, Mr Wilson noted that if Louise had been properly monitored there was “a good chance” she may not have died when she did.

Pictured: Louise, who worked for Impact Computing, was described by colleagues as a 'very thoughtful, caring, intelligent and determined individual who always put others before herself

Both the Department of Health and Social Care and Gillian Keegan MP have also been sent a copy of the report.

A spokesperson for the Department for Health and Social Care said the department would respond to the report in due course.

The coroner requires a response, including details of proposed changes or improvements within 56 days.

A spokesperson for Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust said: ‘We would like to offer our condolences to Louise Cooper’s family at this difficult time.

‘We have received a copy of the Regulation 28 report and will work to implement any recommendations that have been outlined.’

Bosses at Impact Computing, where Louise worked in the finance and admin department, paid tribute to her following her death back in May 2020.

‘Today our company mourns the loss of Louise Cooper, who sadly passed away this Saturday the 16th of May 2020,’ the company posted on Facebook.

‘Louise worked in our finance and admin department and was instrumental in the company’s growth during the long period that she worked with us.

‘Louise was a very thoughtful, caring, intelligent and determined individual who always put others before herself.

‘She fought hard to address the injustices she saw in this world in an effort to help as many people as she could throughout her life. She will be sorely missed by us all.’ 


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