A DISTRAUGHT Clayton-le-Moors mum whose suicidal daughter was rescued from a hospital roof has pledged to help her die if her treatment does not improve.
Barbara Mitchell made the dramatic statement after 20-year-old mental patient Leona was rescued by fire crews from the roof of Queen's Park Hospital, Blackburn.
Exhausted by what she described as a history of poor NHS treatment, she said: "Leona has told me this is her last time. There is no help but I will help her. I can't watch her go through this again. I just can't do it anymore."
Mrs Mitchell, of Queen Street, claims her daughter - who has made several suicide attempts - has received very poor treatment at the hospital and security has been lax.
She went on: "Leona told her sister she had been swimming in the reservoir with all her clothes on but doesn't remember getting in there. And then she had to be rescued from the roof.
"I only found out when I rang the ward to see how she was. I was told she was putting her and other people's lives at risk. But she was supposed to be being watched during all this.
"It's like living in a nightmare, because you know they can't help. Her legs and arms are covered with bruises where she has been climbing on the roof."
Mrs Mitchell said Leona had previously been a patient at the Cheadle Royal Hospital near Manchester. She claimed to have told staff there that if they sent her daughter back to Queen's Park they would be writing her death certificate.
She said: "At the moment she has a mind of her own but she won't have when she comes out. Her curse is she is intelligent enough to know they can't help her."
Mrs Mitchell, whose own health is now suffering, concluded: "My eczema has broken out completely and I haven't slept since she has been back in there. I can't eat, I have no appetite, and I can't concentrate. It's like some sick film."
A spokesman for the East Lancashire NHS Trust said: "As far as we are aware nothing like this has happened before. We are reviewing security of the building as a priority."