A British teen has died after attempting to take her own life over fears of being self-quarantined with the coronavirus.
19-year-old Emily Owen of King’s Lynn died in a hospital on Sunday, just days after her March 18th suicide attempt.
According to the Sun, Owen informed her relatives of her inability to deal with the isolation over the coronavirus, specifically dealing with “her world closing in, plans being canceled and being stuck inside.”
The 19-year-old had been in critical condition for the four days following her attempt, but on Sunday, her family decided to pull the plug, allowing doctors to remove and prep her organs for donation. Owen’s organs have since been donated to four people, including three children.
“We are heartbroken that we won’t see her breeze through our doors like a tornado of energy again, or hear her distinctive laugh,” read a post by her coworkers at a pub. “She was a big part of our team, and we will miss her enormously.”
“Emily would have wanted you to check on your loved ones in these difficult times,” the post continued. “She believed the fear of the unknown may drive them over the edge and was planning on volunteering to help these people.”
Owen’s sister also released a statement, expressing the family’s devastation.
“Emily was very concerned about coronavirus itself but more concerned about the mental health impact of isolation and the fear of the unknown,” Annabel Owen wrote in a Facebook post, which has since been deleted, as she added that Owen had “high functioning autism” and often struggled to fit in.
“She didn’t want anyone to know, but now she has gone we want to make people know that autism comes in all shapes and sizes,” Annabel wrote.