Young mum died from undiagnosed brain tumour

Marion Haywood.

Marion Haywood. - Credit: Archant

The 24-year-old from Bideford was found dead just two days after complaining of severe headaches and vomiting.

A CORONER has ruled a young mother from Bideford died of natural causes due to an undiagnosed brain tumour.

Marion Haywood, 24, began suffering from severe headaches and vomiting two days before she was found dead at her home in Clovelly Road on November 1, last year.

A post mortem concluded she died from hydrocephalus fluid on the brain caused by a low-grade tumour, an inquest heard on Thursday.

Marion’s partner of four years, Ben Buttery, said the two of them were introduced through a friend when he lived in South Molton.


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“They told me to get dressed up and come down and meet her; a few months later we got together, it was like fate,” he said.

The couple had a daughter, Amber, three years ago and lived together in Bideford where Marion worked as a cleaner at Crabby Dicks.

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Her father Mark Haywood, who lives in the Midlands, said the news of Marion’s death was a complete shock.

He said: “The doctor gave her a prescription and the next day when they came to deliver the medication there was no answer at the door.

“When her mother and I separated, Marion and I went to karaoke and sang Changes by Ozzy and Kelly Osborne together.

“She made me a tape afterwards and sang the song the whole way through both sides.

“That’s how she was; she was always thinking of other people.”

Coroner John Tomalin said there was nothing to suggest Marion’s death was anything other than natural.

“There is no evidence that anything could have been done if it was discovered sooner,” he said to her mum, dad, and close family who attended the inquest.

“As a parent it is not easy, so I do extend my condolences.”

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