Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Bride-to-Be on Banned Tanning Jabs Was Killed by Heart Failure ; Sunbed Shop Death Not Linked to Injections 25st Woman Died of Natural Causes, Jury Rules

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Bride-to-Be on Banned Tanning Jabs Was Killed by Heart Failure ; Sunbed Shop Death Not Linked to Injections 25st Woman Died of Natural Causes, Jury Rules

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ABRIDE-to-be found collapsed in a sunbed shop died of a heart failure not linked to injecting herself with banned tanning jabs, an inquest jury ruled.

Jenna Wilson-Vickers, 26, had apparently been taking the injections for weeks before being found unconscious in the cubicle of the Tantastic sunbed shop in her home town of Bolton.

She had bought the banned substance Melanotan 2 online and was injecting it into her stomach. She took a jab the night before she died on September 3 last year.

But a pathologist told the inquest into her death that while medical research into Melanotan 2 was limited, in his opinion, it had nothing to do with her death. Miss Wilson-Vickers had struggled with her weight and was 25 stone at the time of her death.

The jury at Bolton Coroner's Court concluded she died from natural causes and the cause of her death was acute cardiac failure due to her obesity.

Her mother, Shirley Mather, told the hearing that her daughter was a bright and bubbly person and generally happy.

She had dieted occasionally but put weight on in the period before her death.

Around 9.15pm on September 3, Mrs Mather drove her daughter to a chemist to get a sharps box, for used needles, then on to Tantastic at around 9.30pm, where she waited outside in the car.

At that time, her daughter seemed 'very bubbly', but when she did not return after around 15 minutes, as usual, Mrs Mather called her mobile but there was no answer.

She said: "I then had a feeling something was not right so I went into the shop."

Lisa Rourke, the shop manager, was already on the phone to emergency services after finding Miss Vickers-Wilson collapsed on the floor, half in the stand-up tanning cabinet inside the cubicle. She told the hearing: "I'm shouting 'Come on Jenna, wake up! Wake up!' I just could not get her round at all."

Paramedics tried in vain to resuscitate her, but Miss Wilson- Vickers was declared dead at the scene.

Ms Rourke said she noticed Miss Wilson-Vickers was still in the cubicle around 10 minutes after the 12-minute session had ended so turned the radio down and listened at the cubicle door but could hear no noise and went to investigate. …

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