The 24-year-old woman died less than an hour after she was released from a psychiatric ward, where she had undergone a 27-minute "flawed" attempt to commit suicide the day before

  • Karis Braithwaite, 24, was a patient at Goodmayes Hospital in northeast London
  • Her stepfather Mark has criticized the North East London Foundation Trust
  • Karis from Dagenham suffered from depression since she was 13 years old

A father has reported his anger after his daughter jumped to his death 58 minutes after being released from a psychiatric ward.

Dagenham's 24-year-old Karis Braithwaite, a patient at Goodmayes Hospital in northeast London, had tried to commit suicide the day before.

An in-patient check-up of hospital staff revealed that the decision to send her home after a 27-minute checkup was "flawed."

Karis' stepfather Mark has now criticized the North East London Foundation Trust, saying he believes she would still be alive today if NHS employees had allowed her.

Dagenham's 24-year-old Karis Braithwaite, a patient at Goodmayes Hospital in northeast London, had tried to commit suicide the day before

Dagenham's 24-year-old Karis Braithwaite, a patient at Goodmayes Hospital in northeast London, had tried to commit suicide the day before

Another death occurred in similar circumstances in 2016, after Peter Daniel Usher was released from the same hospital for hours following a suicide attempt. His body was found shortly thereafter near a school.

Mark said to The Mirror: "We were absolutely devastated when we lost Karis. She was an amazing person.

"Our feelings are intensified by grief as we learn how Karis could still live today."

He added that he was shocked when he found out that something similar had already happened and asked how it could happen again.

Karis has been suffering from depression since she was 13 and had a long history of suicide attempts.

Karis had tried to end her life by jumping onto the tracks at a station in Dagenham the day before her death, but the approaching train came to a halt and three members of the public helped to pull her off the tracks.

Karis has been suffering from depression since she was 13 and had a long history of suicide attempts

Karis has been suffering from depression since she was 13 and had a long history of suicide attempts

An investigation found that the hospital staff were told that Karis had "an active suicide plan," but was not "ready" to receive a handover from the paramedics who expressed their concerns about Karis.

She was hospitalized and examined the next day. During the 27-minute investigation, she told the staff that she was no longer suicidal, but wished that her previous attempt had been successful.

The staff did not see any important information from their records and did not know exactly what had happened the day before.

Karis' stepfather Mark said she was a great girl and devastated her family to lose her

Karis' stepfather Mark said she was a great girl and devastated her family to lose her

She was released at 2.30 pm and instead of being taken home by taxi with a member of the hospital, she took two buses to Goodmayes Station, where she took her life at 15.28.

Mark said, "I had no idea of ​​any mistakes, all I knew was that she had died. It's a terrible nightmare. & # 39;

The family filed a formal complaint with the NHS Trust of the North East London Foundation.

One report found that Karis "provided clear and unambiguous evidence of suicidal behavior with the highest risk" and that "the decision to dismiss Karis so soon after the incident was not based on reliable information."

A trusted speaker told The Mirror: "We have Karis & # 39; After the tragic death of Karis, we expressed our sincere condolences to family and friends.

"We are in the process of implementing the measures recommended by the medical examiner, and it would not be appropriate, in view of a continuing legal dispute, to issue further statements at the present time."

For confidential assistance, call Samaritans at 116123 or visit a local Samaritan office www.samaritans.org for details.

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