Bright young surgeon hanged herself

A bright young surgeon-turned-GP ‘killed herself while the balance of her mind was disturbed’ an inquest has heard.

Dr Trisha Agarwal, 32, was found hanged at her home on Sibsey Road, and later died at Pilgrim Hospital on December 13, 2011.

Delivering his verdict, coroner Robert Forest said: “This has been a very tragic case.I give my sincere condolences to her family and all those who worked with her.”

At the inquest at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, witnesses gave evidence on events prior to her death.

In the months before she died, Dr Agarwal divorced from her husband and left her career as a surgeon to train as a GP, eventually taking a job at Pilgrim Hospital.

The witnesses said Dr Agarwal had a history of depression, but that she had claimed to be feeling better.

However, in the weeks leading up to her death she fell down the stairs at home while her parents were on holiday.

She did not go to hospital until the day after, when she was taken by a friend after finding blood on her pillow.

Due to injuries sustained, including a fracture to her skull and fluid bleeding into her ear, Dr Agarwal became deaf and suffered temporary facial paralysis on one side.

She was prescribed medication including steroids and appeared to doctors to be making a recovery.

However, the coroner believed the medication may have led to an imbalance in her mind and contributed to her death.

Father Dr Pradeep Agarwal, a surgeon at the hospital, paid tribute to his ‘bright young girl’ during the hearing.