She suffered from frontal lobe epilepsy which invoked nocturnal epilepsy seizures and night-time fits, Wakefield Coroners Court in West Yorks., was told.
Despite Megan, of West Yorks., Leeds, suffering from seizures, pathological experts say they could not rule out an abnormal heart condition was the cause of the teenager’s death.
Coroner Kevin McLoughlin read out evidence by specialist epilepsy nurse Janet Kellet to the court following her death on December 27, 2016.
“Megan was getting dizzy if she took the meds in the morning so she stopping taking them”
He said Janet claimed Megan was only taking three out of seven doses of her carbamazepine medication in the weeks leading up to her death.
The nurse’s evidence read: “Megan said she did not want to take her medication as prescribed because it made her tired.
“I discussed with her the risk of a higher frequency of night seizures and the risk of sudden death as a result.”
On the day of her death, Megan spent hours in bed “due to exhaustion” after she went out with her mum Samantha Robertson.
Her sister Georgina found her on the floor of her bedroom at the family home with her head resting on a chest of drawers at about 7.30pm.
She also said Megan’s frontal epilepsy seizures were less frequent when she took the right dosage.
But mum Samantha told the inquest: “She was not just tired – she couldn’t walk down a corridor at school in a straight line. She couldn’t go two or three nights without having a seizure. Megan was getting dizzy if she took the meds in the morning so she stopping taking them.”
Dr Ray told the court how she tried to arrange more tests to find out the type of epilepsy Megan was suffering from.
He told the court that the condition – myocarditis – had caused inflammation of Megan’s heart which could lead to the heart stopping and a sudden death.
The doctor confirmed that this could have killed Megan regardless of whether she had been suffering a seizure.
Coroner McLoughlin concluded that Megan died of natural causes as she suffered from an abnormal heart condition.