Published: 06:00, 18 March 2020
A cancer survivor who was found dead at her home has been described as "a bubbly, caring person" by her mother.
An inquest at Archbishop's Palace heard how Hannah Danch was found hanged at the property in Cobb Way, Maidstone, by her former partner Adam Greaves on the evening of August 30, 2018.
Giving evidence, Mr Greaves described the moment he discovered her.
He said: “I was calling out and got nothing back. I walked into the room and saw her there in the dark, she was in the window. I screamed and turned the light on.
“I instantly knew, she was facing out the window with her back to me. I ran in and tried to get her down. I had to cut her down."
Mr Greaves called the emergency services, and was directed by the call handler to attempt to resuscitate Ms Danch while he waited for the ambulance to arrive.
When the paramedics got to the house they fought for almost an hour to try and save the life of the 33-year-old mother-of-two, but shortly before midnight she was pronounced dead.
"She was a bubbly, caring person and one of a kind..."
A subsequent post-mortem examination revealed that she had been drinking alcohol and taking cocaine on the night she died.
Following the inquest, Ms Danch’s mother Julie paid tribute to her daughter’s memory and said she had much to look forward to in her life.
She said: “Hannah was my eldest daughter who loved life, she was a bubbly, caring person and one of a kind.
"She was a mother to two beautiful boys who she loved dearly, they were always her rock.
“Hannah had had mental health issues and was looked after by the mental health team in Maidstone. I cannot express enough gratitude for the care and support they gave Hannah.
“She was diagnosed with aggressive cancer in November 2017, and underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. She came out a stronger person and was looking forward to the future.
“Hannah never deserved to die the way she did, she was in a good place with so many things to look forward to. She leaves her two boys, sister, brother, mother, father, nieces, nephews and so many friends who all miss her dearly.”
The inquest heard Ms Danch had been receiving treatment for diagnosed mental health conditions, and she had previously spoken about having suicidal thoughts.
Concluding the hearing, assistant coroner Sonia Hayes acknowledged Ms Danch’s drinking and drug use on the night she died would have put her at greater risk of actions or decisions which could have led to her death.
Ms Hayes said: “I make a finding that the cause of death was hanging. There is no other cause that I can see and I am satisfied there is no third-party cause.
"On the balance of probabilities I am satisfied she did intend to end her life.”
Ms Hayes returned a verdict of suicide.
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