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Rapunzel Syndrome Death
A teenager in the UK has died from complications following her struggle with Trichophagia, a condition that causes patients to eat their own hair.
Jasmine Beever was just 16 and away at college when she collapsed on September 7.
The young girl woke up covered in blotches before passing out.
She was rushed to hospital, revived for 15 minutes, but later died.
Jasmine (left) with best friend Billie. Image: Just Giving
A post mortem found she’d died of Peritonitis which is inflammation of a thin layer of tissue in the abdomen. In Jasmine’s case the inflammation was caused by a hairball in her stomach which had become infected.
The infection had lead to an ulcer which burst, shutting down her vital organs and causing her death.
Best friend Bille Jo Ashwell described Jasmine as a ‘wonderful, caring girl’.
“She had a real zest for life,” Billie Jo wrote on a fundraising page set up for the family. “There was never a gloomy face around Jaz because she would go out of her way to make you smile. Even people she didn’t know.
“She would always offer a helping hand for anyone that was struggling or offer her shoulder and a hug to anyone that was having a bad day.”
“Jasmine was amazing. She was one of those kids where she would make a sad face in the room smile. She was so bubbly.
“She was friends with Billie and she would always shout across the road to me, ‘Donna are you okay?’ and then she would ask if there was anything I wanted.
“She said if I needed help then I should give her a shout.
“She was such a darling. I am going to miss her terribly. We are all in shock.”
The 16-year-old’s shock death came just days after she attended her grandfather’s funeral.
Trichophagia, also known as ‘Rapunzel syndrome’, is a form of Trichotillomania, caused by anxiety and affecting 2 percent of the population, according to the Victorian Anxiety Recovery Centre.
Sufferers pull their hair out from the root from their head, eyebrows or even eyelashes leaving them with bald patches. In more extreme cases patients will eat the hair, a condition known as Trichophagia.
If you or someone you know needs help with Trichotillomania or anxiety, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.
Blog courtesy http://honey.nine.com.au/2017/09/15/07/47/rapunzel-syndrome-teen-dies-from-eating-her-own-hair