This is a sad story, but I am grateful to Ambush Predator (Julia) for bringing it to my attention in her tweets. AP has already blogged on this, but I don’t feel bad about plagiarism because this is a story which needs to be out there as much a possible.
According to reports in the Sundays in May last year 40 year old Samantha Hancox in May last year was found dead in a chair at her elderly parents home in Tipton. West Midlands. Her parents had thought she was in a coma, but sadly Samantha had died.
She was their only child.
Samantha had been a normal and, judging by the pictures, a lovely looking young woman who at one point had been studying law. However, for whatever reason, Samantha developed an extraordinarily strong “Obsessive Compulsive Disorder” in which she had a complete phobia of germs and anything which would expose her to them, including going out doors and the preparation of food.
She became unable to function properly and would spend up to 20 hours a day showering and trying to “keep clean” which appears to have caused scarring and disfigurement.
From the age of 25 she appears to have been effectively housebound. Her later years were spent secluded in the front room watching TV. Towards the end, when her elderly father came out of hospital after a prostate operation her condition worsened, and she began refusing food, possibly fearing that her father had brought germs home.
It must have been a sad, lonely, wasted existence.
The official cause of death was dehydration and a skin infection caused as a result, one assumes, of the constant scrubbing and scratching.
A tragic story in so many ways. This young woman was plainly very ill and needed some real psychological help. Maybe her parents could or should have done something more – I do not know, I was not there and I cannot say, and I am NOT attributing blame on them. But I do not believe, I cannot believe, I REFUSE to believe, that something could not have been done on the part of the NHS or us, the wider community, to assist this poor young woman a long time ago.
On top of this tragedy, there is more. Mr and Mrs Hancox have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter. Mr Hancox, by the way, has bone cancer.
I am sure all readers of this blog are aware as am I that one has to be careful about judging a case on the face of reports in the press. And I hold up my hands for lack of journalistic method and rigour here. I have not interviewed individuals concerned, for example. Perhaps there is some good procedural reason why Inspector Plod must arrest 70 year bereaved parents who had been left alone to fend for their terribly ill child.
Perhaps not, though. Perhaps it is another example of the values of the modern state being upside down, the wrong way round.
And there was another aspect to this sad tale which caught my eye. Mr Hancox says that he and his wife could not cope when he returned from hospital, but received no help from the local authority Social Services.
Again, I have not the means to investigate the primary facts, such as what appeals for help were made, and what inquiries Social Services could and should have carried out.
However, the identity of the local authority caught my eye. It is none other than our old friend, the sinister self styled Stasi State of Sandwell. In this case, the legal Presumption of Inhumanity comes into play.
What a hell hole it must be.
I would love readers to keep an eye on this story.
Thanks again to Ambush Predator for bringing this to my attention
In love and light,
A VERY angry,
Sister Eva Longoria