Bethany Shipsey's Parents To Challenge Inquest Ruling
11 May 2018, 16:38
The parents of a Worcester woman - killed after taking online diet pills - are set to challenge an inquest ruling.
Bethany Shipsey, aged 21, died in hospital in February last year after ingesting pills containing Dinitrophenol (DNP) which had been sold illegally online.
Her parents, Doug and Carole Shipsey, have instructed law firm Irwin Mitchell to help them apply for a judicial review of the suicide conclusion recorded in February this year.
Worcestershire Coroner Geraint Williams recorded a narrative verdict, including a finding of suicide, after ruling that the care Bethany received at Worcestershire Royal Hospital had been "significantly substandard" and included several "basic" failings.
The coroner also said some staff at the hospital had shown a lack of communication as to who had responsibility for dealing with Bethany's condition, which deteriorated until she went into cardiac arrest.
But Mr Williams ruled that none of the failings were a cause of her death and that she probably would not have survived if she had been given different care, including sedation and urgent cooling treatment.
Public law specialist Oliver Carter, who is representing the family, said: "Doug and Carole have endured an incredibly difficult time which no parents should have to face.
"Ever since the inquest's conclusion they have held concerns regarding the Coroner's ruling and specifically whether it amounts to an error of law when all of the key facts are properly considered.
"While nothing will change what they have been through, they are determined to ensure this issue is properly considered, and that the conclusion reflects the truth of what happened to Bethany."
Miss Shipsey, an animal rescue and welfare advocate from Worcester, had a history of self-harm.
Her father, Doug Shipsey, hopes that the legal challenge will ensure that the inquest conclusion is a "fair reflection" of how his daughter died.
He spoke to Heart News:
#LISTEN: The father of Bethany Shipsey - killed after taking an online diet pill - has told #HeartNews the coroner's ruling that the 21yo committed suicide last year needs to be reversed. Doug and his wife Carole want to take the case to the High Court. pic.twitter.com/DymJ1wogVS— West Mids News (@HeartWMidsNews) May 11, 2018
Bethany's parents are using the crowdfunding website CrowdJustice in order to raise money for the legal challenge.