New mother, 32, ‘killed herself after developing drug-induced psychosis from taking cannabis’ to treat MORNING SICKNESS

A mother-to-be who took cannabis after developing the same morning sickness condition as the Duchess of Cambridge killed herself after developing a drug-induced psychosis, an inquest heard.

Pictured: Talented translator Polly Ross, 32, who died after suffering drug-induced psychosis 

Pictured: Talented translator Polly Ross, 32, who died after suffering drug-induced psychosis

Talented translator Polly Ross, 32, suffered Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG), the condition which saw Kate Middleton rushed to hospital in August while visiting the queen in Aberdeen.

Hull Coroner’s Court in East Yorkshire was told today how a desperate Mrs Ross took cannabis and magic mushrooms in a bid to tackle the severe bouts of sickness.

However in July 2016, just a year after the birth of her second daughter, she died after stepping out in front of a train.

A coroner heard Mrs Ross had developed ‘drug induced psychosis’ after taking cannabis to stop symptoms of HG.

Mrs Ross told her GP, Dr Daniella Malesknasr, she had taken cannabis during her pregnancy after visiting the doctors suffering from post natal depression.

In a letter addressed to Mrs Ross’s psychiatrist, the GP noted ‘the patient’s psychosis had stemmed from illicit drug use, namely cannabis, taken during pregnancy’.

Dr Malesknasr told the hearing: ‘She had told me when she was pregnant with her second child that she was taking cannabis and magic mushrooms to help combat HG during her pregnancy – but she was no longer taking it.’

Talented Polly Ross, 32, suffered the same condition but tried to soothe symptoms herself by taking cannabis and magic mushrooms

Talented Polly Ross, 32, suffered the same condition but tried to soothe symptoms herself by taking cannabis and magic mushrooms

Professor Paul Marks, the senior coroner, questioned: ‘And does taking cannabis actual benefit those suffering from HG?.’

The doctor replied: ‘I can’t possibly comment on that.’

Dr Malesknasr said ‘alarm bells were ringing’ after Polly had told her she wanted to commit suicide on February 13, 2015.

Dr Malesknasr said: ‘I can’t comment on that because it is a hospital matter.’

However, in May 2016 a psychiatrist in the community said that psychosis was no longer a problem and she should come off the anti-psychosis drug Respiradon.

The translator was given help by a crisis team to give her a ‘higher and intense level of support’, but Mrs Ross had refused them entry to her house in Driffield, East Yorkshire.

Mrs Ross died on Nov 9, 2017, by stepping in front of a train in Hull, East Yorkshire, and ‘death was instant’, Hull Royal Infirmary Consultant Histopathologist Dr Ian Richmond told the hearing.

She had told mental health workers at the women-only care centre at Westlands voluntary care unit in Hull, East Yorkshire, that she was going to the shop.

Mrs Ross died on July 12, 2015, by stepping in front of a train in Hull, East Yorkshire

Mrs Ross died on nov-2017, by stepping in front of a train in Hull, East Yorkshire

Mrs Ross’s devastated family feel ‘badly let down’ following the lack of support given to her in her battle with mental health.

A statement from Mrs Ross’s aunt Emma May, who cared for her during her final months, read: ‘With the right guidance, medication and support, Mrs Ross could have made a full recovery.

WHAT IS HG?

Excessive nausea and vomiting during pregnancy is known as hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), and often needs hospital treatment.

Unlike regular morning sickness, HG may not get better by 14 weeks.

It may not clear up completely until the baby is born, although some symptoms may improve at around 20 weeks.

Some pregnant women be sick many times a day and be unable to keep food or drink down, which can have a negative effect on their daily life.

Exactly how many pregnant women get HG is not known as some cases may go unreported, but it’s thought to be around 1 in every 100.

Signs and symptoms of HG include prolonged and severe nausea and vomiting, dehydration and low blood pressure.

Source: NHS Choices 

‘There should be systems in place to protect that life especially because there are so many suicides attempts of post natal women.

‘I cannot understand why she was allowed to leave the hospital unit before she died.

‘Polly clearly said many times that she would kill herself, many months before she did.

‘I feel that she posed a significant risk to herself, did not have sufficient capacity to make decision and more should have been done to protect and care for her.’

Mrs Ross, who ran her own ‘very good’ translation business in Paris, was described as ‘an extremely intelligent lady and very driven in her own ambition’, by Mrs May.

She was also described as ‘frighteningly clever’.

She met her English husband Samuel Ross in 2011 in the French capital and the pair quickly married and had two daughters born in June 2012 and June 2016 respectively.

Mrs Ross suffered HG during pregnancy with both children and had post natal depression following the birth of both children.

The inquest, expected to last three days, continues.

Pictured: Talented translator Polly Ross, 32, who died after suffering drug-induced psychosis 

Pictured: Talented translator Polly Ross, 32, who died after suffering drug-induced psychosis

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