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A mother-of-three who was still "mentally scarred" from a horrific fairground accident as a child was found dead in a bath, an inquest heard.
Laura Hunter, 30, was found fully clothed in an empty bathtub at her home in Bury, Greater Manchester.
Rochdale Coroner’s Court heard Laura had a history of mental health problems and had struggled with anxiety and depression for many years.
She was also said to be “mentally scarred” after being involved in a horrific fairground accident as child.
Laura was 14 when she got her leg caught in a rollercoaster – sustaining injuries so severe she almost had to have her leg amputated.
The incident had such a profound effect on the mum-of-three it left her “feeling like a failure” into her adult life, reports the Manchester Evening News.
The court heard how her former partner visited her home address several days before her death where they had an argument.
Laura was 14 when she got her leg caught in a rollercoaster and remained traumatised by the incident into her adult life
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He tried calling her on February 5 but got no response and then boarded the bus into Bury with their young daughter who he had been caring for and found Laura’s front door was unlocked.
He entered the two flat, left the child downstairs in the pram and went upstairs to find Laura fully clothed in the bath.
Laura's former partner attempted to wake her by grabbing her.
An ambulance was called just before 1.30pm where she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Later that evening, a notepad was discovered in cabinet next to Laura’s bed with nine pages of handwritten notes.
They outlined how "bubbly" Laura, who had aspirations to open her own beauty business, was upset with herself and life in general.
Two bags of white powder believed to be amphetamines were also found in her bag.
The court heard how Laura’s mood had been “up and down” in the weeks leading up to her death.
Laura was said to be holding a pack of facial wipes with her arms crossed when she was found dead at home
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Laura, who was a student at the time she passed away, had previously attempted suicide and self-harmed.
A toxicology report into her death found the drug 4-Fluoroamphetamine, known as 4-FA in Laura’s system.
The drug is rarely seen in the UK and the coroner ruled it was unlikely Laura knew she had taken it.
The post-mortem conducted on February 12 found Laura died from a drug-induced toxic myocarditis.
The court heard how Laura had been taking the drug propranolol to ease her anxiety from a GP practice in Bury, requesting prescriptions sporadically.
Coroner Julie Robertson expressed concern over the lack of reviews between each prescription, fearing Laura may have been stockpiling the medication.
The GP practice has been given 21 days to see what action can be taken in terms of prescription reviews.
Rochdale Coroner’s Court heard Laura had a history of mental health problems and had struggled with anxiety and depression
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If they fail to provide evidence, the coroner could issue a Regulation 28 report as they believe action should be taken to prevent further deaths.
Before concluding the cause of death, coroner Julie Robertson said: “I am not satisfied Laura took her own life and intended to take her own life on February 5.
“The notes in a notepad that were found in a bedside drawer, while they show she was unhappy and didn't intend to be around much longer, weren't left in a prominent position and weren't dated.
“Her friend said Laura had written notes like these before and hadn't discarded them.
“I also think the fact they were left in bedside table is as significant.
“Her partner had moved out and there was no evinced the pair of them were reconciling.
“I don’t think she left them in her drawer for them to be found.
“There are no records of recent idealisation among family, friends or a GP.
“She had hoped to open a beauty business and bought equipment which suggests future planning.
“The most likely scenario is Laura took amphetamine, it was mixed with 4-FA.
“Laura wouldn’t have known the drugs she would have taken were contaminated.
“Had Laura wished to kill herself, she wouldn’t possibly known they would have caused her death.
“It’s highly unlikely she got in the bath to take her makeup off or kill herself.
“It’s likely she got in bath to sleep or rest.”
Coroner Julie Robertson concluded her death as misadventure.