Kelly Burndred, 37, (pictured after) weighed 30 stone at her heaviest in 2014, but had slimmed down to just 10.5 stone by March 2015 after having weight loss surgery
A mother who lost 20-stone after getting a gastric bypass to achieve her dream body hanged herself because being thin made her feel worse, her husband claims.
Kelly Burndred, 37, weighed 30 stone at her heaviest in 2014, but had slimmed down to just 10.5 stone by March 2015 after having weight loss surgery.
The mother-of-one, of Chesterton, Staffordshire, had battled with her weight since she was a child.
Her husband Gareth says she ‘suffered most of her life’, constantly obsessing about her size and developing post-natal depression after the birth of her daughter in 2003.
He was hopeful her weight loss procedure would improve her mental health, but it ended up making it worse. ‘We hoped, after the gastric bypass, that Kelly would find the happiness she craved. But her depression got much worse. She had blamed all her problems, all her life, on her weight,’ he told Stoke on Trent Live.
After two unsuccessful suicide attempts, Mrs Burndred killed herself in April.
Mother-of-one Kelly Burndred (pictured before her weight loss with daughter Jess and husband Gareth) of Chesterton, Staffordshire, had battled with her weight since she was a child
Her devastated husband found her unconscious downstairs but paramedics were unable to save her.
After two unsuccessful attempts, Mrs Burndred committed suicide in April 2018
Speaking to the website, he described his battle to cope with his wife’s death: ‘It’s something I wake up in the night with.
‘Telling Jess was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. I drove to her grandparents and I broke the news.
‘I feel guilty, that I couldn’t save Kelly, that I didn’t spot the signs – if there were any. But at the same time, I know I did everything I could.’
The Burndred family has now set up Kelly’s Legacy to raise awareness of mental health problems in their local area.
Mr Burndred and his daughter Jess have also been placing personalised notes on bridges near their home to reach out to people considering taking their own lives. An inquest into Ms Burndred’s death will be later this year.
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Gareth Burndred and his daughter Jess (pictured) has set up a support group in memory of his wife and her mother Kelly (pictured centre)