A teenager who suffered from schizophrenia had been to visit her doctor to discuss changing her medication “just before” she jumped in front of a train at Moor Park Station, an inquest heard.
Mugdha Nagrath, who had battled with mental illness for years, threw herself in front of a train travelling at approximately 60mph as it approached the station on May 24, 2013.
The 19-year-old had been on medication for schizophrenia, but she did not like it because of the side effects, one of which was weight gain, an inquest heard.
Her mother, Sudha, spoke at Hertfordshire Coroners’ Court today about her daughter’s illness and how the family had been coping with it for years.
Mrs Nagrath said: “Just before the incident Mugdha was insisting on changing her dose of medication.
“She was trying to reduce the medication and she booked an appointment with the doctor and we both went to see the doctor.”
Mr Nagrath said that her daughter was “aware of the side effects” and was trying to do something to cope with them.
She added: “The illness was the main thing. That is what we were trying to make her understand.”
CCTV footage from May 24 showed Miss Nagrath, who has been described as having shoulder-length black hair, and was wearing glasses, a white shirt and a jacket, enter the Moor Park Station at 9.37am.
The inquest heard how she walked around the platform, until at 9.46am she put her coat on the floor and jumped infront of the approaching train.
Gary Mathias, a fatality inspector for the British Transport Police, told the court that in an interview with the driver of the train, he explained how he witnessed Miss Nagrath running “towards the platform edge” as the train approached.
The court was told that the driver “didn’t see anyone else on the platform”, but he recalled how Miss Nagrath “jumped infront of it and disappeared under the train.”
Due to its speed, the train did not come to a complete stop until about a quarter of a mile outside the station.
Police and paramedics were called to the station and Miss Nagrath was pronounced death at the scene.
She was identified from the provisional driving licence that was in her jacket left on the platform.
The inquest heard how Miss Nagrath had been retained under the Mental Health Act after she was found walking on the tracks of an underground station in August 2010 when she told passersby that “she wanted to kill herself”.
Coroner Edward Thomas told Mr and Mrs Nagrath: “It seems your daughter was a very clever young lady and her illness set her back because it was difficult for her and your family.”
He added: “It’s terrible because her friends she grew up with were all progressing and she would not be progressing as well as them.”
Mr Thomas said that it was a “burden” for Miss Nagrath living with the illness.
He said: “There is no doubt in my mind that if your daughter had not have a mental illness then she would not have died.”
A verdict of suicide was recorded.