Woman took own life after years of pain

The scene of the suicide
The scene of the suicide

A WOMAN suffering from severe depression due to years of agonising back pain took her own life, an inquest heard.

At a hearing into the death of 49-year-old Marcia Cross the court heard how Ms Cross, of Norfolk Close, Hindley, had suffered years of agonising back pain and despite being referred to numerous specialists, no help could be found.

Her body was recovered from the Leeds-Liverpool canal by police divers in December last year, a day after she was reported missing by her family. A post-mortem examination confirmed she died by drowning.

The hearing at Bolton Coroner’s Court on Thursday February 28 heard how Ms Cross, a grandmother and mother of two, was being treated with strong painkillers for her back trouble and she also had foot problems, which severely limited her mobility.

Despite constant referrals by her GP to various neurosurgeons and mental health teams, Ms Cross was treated for depression, anxiety and chronic pain for most of her life.

Giving evidence at the hearing, her sister, Alicia Foy, said: “She was always distressed. It was demeaning that a relatively young woman who was always proud of her appearance could not do everyday things due to the pain and limited mobility she suffered.”

The court heard how in the weeks leading up to her death, Ms Cross had spoken to her family about the Dignitas euthanasia clinic in Switzerland.

On the night of December 14, Miss Cross took a taxi to Ince from her home and told the driver she was visiting a house nearby. After she was reported missing the following day police confirmed notes were left in her home.

Delivering a verdict that Ms Cross took her own life, the assistant deputy coroner Alison Mutch said: “She suffered a great deal of pain all her adult life and became severely depressed. She did receive treatments and was referred to a number of different neurosurgeons who felt they were unable to operate to alleviate her obvious pain. It appears that she felt unable to go on a and I am very sorry to all of you for your loss.”