The husband of a “kind-hearted” pharmacist who drowned in a river told an inquest he is haunted by her death. tesco pharmacist
Donna Ijeoma Egemonye was found in the River Hull off Raich Carter Way, Kingswood, in April 2017.
Hull Coroner’s Court heard the 47-year-old Nigerian national had spent two weeks at Miranda House to treat a bipolar episode after she had a breakdown at work in 2016.
Her husband, a former mental health consultant himself, told the inquest not enough was being done to help him raise two children, look after his sick wife and earn a living with his full time job.
Mr Chiemoelu told the hearing he had driven to the mental health unit with his wife “following an episode” in an attempt to get her seen by nurses – but claims he was turned away and told “that’s not how the system works”.
Speaking at the inquest on Tuesday, Mr Chiemoelu said: “The ghost of my dead wife is still haunting me.
“I was alone looking after my sick wife, two children and working a full time job. I was left alone to do this on my own with no help from the Humber NHS Foundation Trust.”
Paying tribute, he added: “My wife was a very nice and kind-hearted woman and would sacrifice anything to make others happy.”
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The mum-of-two, who had previously adopted two children with her husband and lived in Parnham Drive in Kingswood, had said she had wanted to take her life on two separate occasions.
“She had a mental breakdown while working at Tesco, but we do not know why,” said Mr Chiemoelu, who married Donna in 2006.
He added: “The pharmaceutical council then took away her licence to dispense.”
Heroic emergency service efforts almost managed to revive Donna after a bricklayer used a makeshift lasso with a hosepipe to help get to her body in the water.
Humberside Police officer Adam Richardson had jumped into the water after being called to the scene at around 5.55am on April 11, 2017.
He said: “It was cold, I go to the gym and lift weights and the water had even took my breath away.”
Donna was taken out of the water by PC Richardson and was given CPR before being taken to Hull Royal Infirmary.
She died there later that day.
Donna had travelled from Nigeria to the UK in 2000 where she worked as a pharmacist in London, before moving to Hull where she dispensed tablets at Asda and Tesco outlets in Hull.
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But after her breakdown in 2016, she lost her job and ended up in debt after she couldn’t afford the payments on her Mercedes vehicle.
Her sister Victoria Ngozi Egemonye told the hearing: “Donna was always the breadwinner in the family and not going back to work meant that the family found themselves in financial difficulties. She couldn’t cope.”
The inquest, due to last three days, continues.
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