A GRIEVING dad has spoken out after his daughter jumped to her death 58 minutes after she as released from a mental health unit, it has been reported.
Karis Braithwaite, 24, was discharged from Goodmayes Hospital after a 27-minute assessment despite trying to take her own life the day before.
An investigation into the care by hospital staff and the decision to discharge her was found to be “not appropriate” and “flawed”.
Her heartbroken stepdad Mark has hit out at the North East London Foundation Trust, which was responsible for Karis’ care.
He also believes Karis would still be alive if NHS staff admitted her.
The family were also horrified to find out someone else died under similar circumstances three years ago.
The body of Peter Daniel Usher was found yards from a school’s front gate in 2016.
He had been admitted to Goodmayes Hospital after he tried to take his own life, but was discharged hours later and returned to school.
The hospital trust was criticised by the senior coroner Nadia Persaud on the case and at the time they apologised and said they had made important changes to ensure it didn’t happen again.
However, an investigation into Karis’ death found similar shortcomings.
Mark, 48, told The Mirror: “We were absolutely devastated to lose Karis, she was an amazing person.
“Our feelings are compounded by grief as we learnt of the ways in which Karis could still be alive today.
“To know that this had happened before, almost a carbon copy of what happened again.
“It’s not a cliche to ask how many more people could die before they do something?”
Karis was recused by three unknown heroes at Dagenham Heathway Underground Station and taken to Goodmayes Hospital in Ilford, East London on September 23 last year.
An inquest heard how hospital staff were told Karis had “an active plan of suicide” and “would succeed” but were not “receptive” to receiving a handover from the paramedics, which had outlined their concerns.
A police officer who was at the scene also said staff were “obstructive” during this time.
Karis was admitted to hospital and two psychiatrists carried out a Section 136 assessment the next day, which falls under the Mental Health Act.
Karis, who had suffered from depression since she was 13 and had a history of suicide attempts, claimed to staff she was no longer suicidal but had wished her most recent attempt was successful during her 27-minute assessment.
An inquest heard how staff didn’t see key information from her records and didn’t know the full details about her suicide attempt the day before.
Karis was discharged at 2.30pm and should have been taken home by a member of staff in a taxi.
Instead, she was allowed to catch two buses to Goodmayes Station, where she took her own life at 3.28pm.
If Karis was admitted to hospital I am satisfied she would not have come by her death an hour later.
Senior coroner Nadia Persaud
Mark, who has raised Karis since she was a young girl, said his grief turned into anger once he learned about the quality of care she was given.
Her family made a formal complaint to the North East London Foundation NHS Trust.
Karis “showed clear and unequivocal evidence of suicidal behaviour of the highest risk” adding “the decision to discharge Karis so soon after the incident was not based on reliable information”, according to a report.
Even though an independent witness said the decision to discharge Karis would have been complex, he also said “the very serious suicide attempt should have resulted in her being detained and not released”.
Ms Persaud recorded a verdict of suicide and said: “Karis Braithwaite took her own life in part because the risk of her doing so was not adequately assessed and appropriate precautions were not taken to prevent her from doing so.
“If Karis was admitted to hospital I am satisfied she would not have come by her death an hour later.”
She filed a report in relation to the handover between emergency services and NELFT to prevent any future deaths.
On behalf of Karis’ family, Tim Deeming from Tees Law said they are now calling on the hospital to show that they will make changes to support and assess vulnerable patients like Karis.
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A trust spokesman said: “We have offered our sincere condolences to Karis’ family and friends following the tragic death of Karis.
“We are now in the process of putting the coroner’s recommended actions in place and it would not be appropriate for us to comment further at this stage, in view of an ongoing legal claim.”
The Sun Online contacted the North East London Foundation Trust for comment.
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