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Family sues doctors over daughter's suicide

Angel Cowie took her own life in 2014.
Angel Cowie took her own life in 2014.

THE family of teenage girl who took her own life are suing the doctors who prescribed her an anti-depressant they claim was inappropriate and carries an increased risk of suicide.

In the landmark case, the parents and sister of 14-year-old Angel Cowie are taking four Queensland doctors to court for prescribing her increasing doses of the powerful anti-depressant Endep, the court claim states.

 

Renea Wheatley and Amber Cowie, 16, mother and sister of Angel Cowie, who took an overdose of an antidepressant and died in 2014. The family is suing four GPs.
Renea Wheatley and Amber Cowie, 16, mother and sister of Angel Cowie, who took an overdose of an antidepressant and died in 2014. The family is suing four GPs.

Angel's mother Renea Wheatley said the drug did not help with her depression.  

Now three years after her daughter took her own life, Ms Wheatley just wants justice for Angel's death and to warn other parents of the dangers.

"Angel didn't like taking medication. She didn't want to be a pill popper. But she did it for me,'' Ms Wheatley, 37, said.

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