‘Bright and beautiful’ student nurse, 26, died after ‘consuming toxic substance bought on dark web’ days before birthday | The Sun

A “BRIGHT and beautiful” student nurse died after consuming a toxic substance bought on the dark web, an inquest heard.

Bronwen Morgan, 26, passed away by suicide just four days before her birthday after suffering from mental health issues, Pontypridd Coroners’ Court was told.

The Cardiff University student had been diagnosed with emotionally unstable personality disorder.

Coroner Graeme Hughes said: “Bronwen died from suicide and her self-harm was a deliberate cause of her death.”

Emotionally unstable personality disorder — also known as borderline personality disorder — is a condition that can cause intense and overwhelming emotions.

Often these can swing drastically and make it hard for people to cope day to day, according to the mental health charity Mind.

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It affects around one in 100 Brits and can cause problems with feeling isolated or abandoned, self-harming or suicidal thoughts.

Patients can have difficulties with diagnosis because the symptoms overlap with other mental health conditions including bipolar disorder, psychosis and depression.

Bronwen was diagnosed in 2019 and died on August 27, 2020, after multiple attempts to take her life, the inquest heard.

She had told her father Haydn she was going to a friend’s house on the day but never arrived.

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A message to her pal said she “did not want to be found”.

Police traced her phone to a Premier Inn in Pentwyn where she was found unresponsive.

She was taken to University Hospital of Wales where she later died.

Pathologist Dr Alex Lawson gave her cause of death as sodium nitrate toxicity.

Bornwen was engaging with mental health services ahead of her tragic death, the court was told.

In the days leading up to her death, Bronwen complained to Cardiff and Vale health board about her package of care.

Mr Hughes ruled her diagnosis of emotionally unstable personality disorder was correct and misdiagnosis had not contributed to her death.

She received “a significant package of care and there were no failings in the package of care”, he said.

Speaking to her family, he added: “The anguish and distress you have been through cannot be put into any words.

"And while you might not agree with my findings, that does not mean I do not have the utmost sympathy for you and all the family.”

After her death, Bronwen's relatives described her as "the greatest sister, daughter and friend."

Sister Tesni, 24, said: "We are heartbroken to say that our beautiful Bronwen sadly passed away on Thursday, after fighting so very hard to battle with her mental health.

"For those of you who knew Bron, you’ll know she was the most beautiful, thoughtful, inspiring and loving person. We as a family are broken.

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"We would like to say thank you to everyone who has sent their love and condolences, it is so warming to see how many lives Bronwen touched and how loved she was.

"Bronny, we will forever love you, thank you for being the greatest sister, daughter and friend."


EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.

It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.

It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.

Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.

That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.

The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.

Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You're Not Alone.

If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:

  • CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
  • Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
  • Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
  • Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
  • Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123

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