Teen died ‘peacefully’ in her sleep

Hannah Bleasdale, 19, of Leyland, who died suddenly from a brain seizure
Hannah Bleasdale, 19, of Leyland, who died suddenly from a brain seizure

A teenager who died from a seizure did not suffer any pain, her parents have been reassured.

Hannah Bleasdale, 19, died in her sleep at her home in Wigan Road, Leyland on May 27 this year.

The former Leyland St Mary’s Catholic Technology College pupil was found by her mum Elaine in bed at around 1pm, after her parents thought she was having a lie in.

The night before she had gone to bed early, saying she felt tired.

Preston Coroner’s Court heard a blood clot had been detected on Hannah’s brain in 2009, which had led to her suffering “severe headaches.”

This was treated with blood thinning drugs and the clot was removed.

Professor Tim Dawson, a consultant neuropathologist, said specialists had not detected any abnormalities in Hannah’s heart.

He said that on the “balance of probabilities” Hannah’s past seizure led him to believe that this was the cause of her death. Preston’s deputy coroner Simon Jones said doctors had been unable to find anything “structural” that would confirm Hannah’s cause of death, but the most likely explanation given her medical past was a seizure. He recorded the cause of death as “seizure related” and concluded that she died from natural causes.

Hannah was a keen horse rider and worked at Towngate Dental Practice in Leyland.

Speaking after the inquest, her mum Elaine and dad Phil said they were pleased their daughter had not suffered any pain when she died.

Elaine said: “She was a precious daughter and she was loved by all of her family here, as you can see. It was a natural death and she died peacefully.

“We’re pleased that if she had to go, she has gone peacefully.”