‘Vindication’ For Woman Who Wanted ME On Death Certificate


Merryn Crofts


By Jim Taylor in BBC News.


The family of only the second person in the UK to have ME recorded on their death certificate say they feel “vindicated” by the ruling.

Merryn Crofts from Rochdale died in May last year, 10 days after her 21st birthday.

Her mother Clare Norton told BBC Radio 5 live’s Anna Foster that Merryn had started to doubt herself after being misdiagnosed by doctors.

She said hearing the coroner’s verdict “meant everything”.

“It’s vindication for Merryn because it would have meant so much to her. She was scared of doctors and of telling people she had ME.”

Clare described her daughter as a “live wire” growing up, with a packed social life and a love of drama, but said she “lost her bounce” when she started to develop symptoms of ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis), also known chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), at the age of 15.


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