16-year old girl dies after not having bowel movement for 8 weeks

16-year old Emily Titterington had a phobia of using the restroom and would frequently withhold her stools for up to two months.


A teenager in the United Kingdom has died from a heart attack, after not having bowel movement for 8 weeks.

According to Telegraph, 16-year old Emily Titterington had a phobia of using the restroom and would frequently withhold her stools for up to two months.

Eventually her bowel grew so large it compressed her chest cavity and caused the displacement of other organs.

Titterington's death was revealed during an inquest which heard how her life could have been saved with appropriate treatment but she had refused to be medically examined.

Home Office pathologist Dr Amanda Jeffery said her symptoms were in keeping with a condition known as "stool withholding", which is more frequent in children.

According to the inquest, Titterington who had mild autism, suffered with bowel problems for most of her life but doctors had been unable to pinpoint the cause.

Furthermore it was learnt that  in the period leading up to her death, Emily's mother had battled in vain to persuade her to be medically examined.

Emily collapsed at her home in St Austell on February 8, 2013, and though paramedics desperately tried to revive her, she was later pronounced dead in hospital.

Describing the evening that led up to her death, Paramedic Lee Taylor said he came to Emily's home that evening and found her looking pale as she complained of pain between her shoulders.

But she refused to go the hospital. However later on when he came back to the house after her parents called again he said "as she moved away I could see that her abdomen was grossly extended. Her lower ribs had been pushed out further than her pubic bone - I was shocked."

During the inquest, it was also revealed that Titterington hadn't used the convenience in 6 - 8 weeks, although her family had tried a number of different remedies for her bowel condition including homeopathic pills, and a technique known as Body Talk, which involved so-called "distance healing".


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