Seizure in bath led to young woman’s death

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AY­OUNG woman drowned in the bath after hav­ing an epilep­tic fit.

Carla Rankin, 27, from Prest­bury, was dis­cov­ered by her dad Ian when he re­turned from work on Au­gust 20, an in­quest heard.

De­spite a des­per­ate ef­fort, Mr Rankin and paramedics were un­able to re­vive her.

At an in­quest at Mac­cles­field town hall Ni­cholas Rhein­berg, Coro­ner for Cheshire, con­cluded that Carla’s death was ac­ci­den­tal.

The in­quest heard that Carla had lived with epilepsy since birth.

She took med­i­ca­tion daily to man­age the seizures, but was un­able to pre­vent them from hap­pen­ing oc­ca­sion­ally.

Ian Rankin told the hear­ing that Carla had suf­fered three life-threat­en­ing seizures, in­clud­ing one where she was saved from drown­ing in a hot tub, and the other when she suf­fered a head in­jury dur­ing a fall on the London Un­der­ground.

But Mr Rankin said Carla didn’t let epilepsy limit her life.

He said: “She had a healthy at­ti­tude to­wards her con­di­tion. She didn’t like it and didn’t want it, and we wanted desperately to take it away from her, but she didn’t let it get her down.”

The in­quest heard that univer­sity grad­u­ate Carla had just re­turned home to Mac­cles­field hav­ing worked as a man­ager of a restau­rant in London.

After mes­sag­ing her best friend about their plans for the week­end at 3pm, Carla took a bath at the fam­ily home on Bridge Green. She was dis­cov­ered by her dad at 6pm.

In his con­clu­sion Mr Rhein­berg said: “One of the prob­lems with epilepsy is that prior to a seizure Carla had no warn­ing signs so she could move her­self to a place of safety.

“Carla went for a bath, suf­fered a seizure and trag­i­cally drowned.”

Speak­ing after the hear­ing, Carla’s mum Denise said: “We would like to thank all those in­volved in try­ing to save Carla.

“In the months since her death, friends all over the coun­try have been fundrais­ing in her mem- ory for Epilepsy Ac­tion.

“That gives us great com­fort and is a fan­tas­tic trib­ute to Carla.”

●● Carla Rankin

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