Tragic mum jumped to her death from multi-storey car park

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A PENDLE mum who took her own life by jumping from Nelson's multi-storey car park was described as a popular and caring young woman at her inquest.

Lisa Melanie Boothman (34), of Federation Street, Barnoldswick, was taking medication and receiving hospital care for post-natal depression when she jumped from Pendle Rise car park on August 9th last year. She died from multiple injuries while undergoing surgery at Burnley General Hospital.

Her family heard at the inquest how security guard Syed Buraq Shah saw the mum of one when he started work that day at 7-30 a.m. He had tried to talk to her and grabbed her arm as she climbed over the wall, but he struggled and she fell.

Mrs Boothman's husband, Gareth, told how the couple's son had been born in April last year. The pair had married the previous year having been together for 17 years. He described his wife as a happy, caring, and sensitive person who looked after her appearance, enjoyed nights out and meals, and was a good partner. He said: "After the birth she felt under quite a lot of pressure to breast feed which didn't help. It seemed the hospital's policy was to push, push, push, which was too much in hindsight.

"It's very difficult to pinpoint certain events and put things in chronological order. She felt inadequate in some ways so she went to the doctors and was put on tablets."

In July, Mrs Boothman was voluntarily admitted to Wythenshawe Hospital, and was on a home visit when she died.

Her family had seen improvements in her behaviour and said the tragic end to her life came unexpectedly.

East Lancashire Coroner Mr Richard Taylor said: "I get a picture of a much-loved young lady. Somebody who sadly suffered from post-natal depression that we find so hard to understand, the joy of a childbirth being overtaken by the misery of this depression.

"You have said it is quite clear she wasn't in her right mind. You had hoped and prayed she would recover, and no one could've foreseen what was to happen. I have no option but to return a verdict of severe depression - she did take her own life."