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'Amazing' teen denied urgent mental health referral weeks before death

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An "amazing, kind and clever" teenager who died in tragic circumstances was refused an urgent referral by the region's mental health trust - despite her GP requesting one.

Emily Oakes-Buckingham died on January 8 in Addenbrookes' Hospital in Cambridge after an incident at home a week earlier on New Year's Day.

An inquest was held into her death on Friday at County Hall in Norwich.

Sprowston High School pupil Emily, 13, appeared to be full of life, conscientious and bright, always looking to help others and putting them before herself.

But beneath the surface, she had heartbreakingly dark moments of anxiety and fought severe mental health troubles, including self-doubt and an eating disorder.

However, ahead of the Covid-19 pandemic her mum Melanie, of Witard Road, Heartsease, described how she had "turned a corner" and was making real progress.

But once the country plunged into lockdown she began to struggle again - particularly during the second national lockdown towards the end........

© Norwich Evening News

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