A teenager who died from a seizure had visited her GP just weeks before complaining of headaches, an inquest has heard.
Hannah Bleasdale, 19, died in her sleep at her home in Wigan Road, Leyland on May 27 this year.
The former Leyland St Mary’s Catholic Technology College pupil was found by her mum Elaine in bed at around 1pm, after her parents thought she was having a lie in.
The night before she had gone to bed early, saying she felt tired.
Preston Coroner’s Court heard a blood clot had been detected on Hannah’s brain in 2009, which had led to her suffering “severe headaches”.
This was treated with blood thinning drugs and the clot was removed.
Dr Wendy Grice, of Sandy Lane Surgery in Sandy Lane, Leyland, said Hannah visited the surgery on May 7 and saw one of her colleagues.
She said: “She had been feeling generally run down and was complaining of headaches.
“I believe a friend reported that she had witnessed on a sleepover that Hannah had been shaking for a short period of time and when she woke up in the morning she had a bit of a headache. That seemed to resolve itself fairly quickly.
“The doctor examined her and felt there was nothing further to be done other than observing and reporting any further problems.”
Professor Tim Dawson, a consultant neuropathologist, said specialists had not detected any abnormalities in Hannah’s heart. He said he couldn’t find any evidence of her previous blood clot, however, a seizure could have been a result of brain irritation.
He said that on the “balance of probabilities” Hannah’s past seizure led him to believe that this was the cause of her death.
Hannah’s mum Elaine asked him if her daughter had died suddenly and whether she would have suffered.
He replied: “No. It’s very difficult to answer but in my experience and understanding she would have died very rapidly and wouldn’t have suffered or known anything about it.”
Preston’s deputy coroner Simon Jones said doctors had been unable to find anything “structural” that would confirm Hannah’s cause of death, but the most likely explanation given her medical past was a seizure.
He recorded the cause of death as “seizure related” and concluded that she died from natural causes.
Hannah was a keen horse rider and worked at Towngate Dental Practice in Leyland. Speaking after the inquest, her mum and dad Phil said they were pleased their daughter had not suffered any pain when she died.
Elaine said: “She was a precious daughter and she was loved by all of her family here, as you can see.
“It was a natural death and she died peacefully. We’re pleased that if she had to go, she has gone peacefully. It was as we thought.
“We will miss her.”