A woman who struggled with being unable to have children took her own life six days after her beloved dog died.
Kim Whitham's body was discovered at home by her husband in West Sussex, an inquest heard.
The 48-year-old had suffered multiple setbacks in the lead up to her death which had left her struggling.
Retail sales assistant Mrs Whitham hanged herself just days after the death of her dog, Lily.
Before this, she had already been struggling to cope with hair loss after her blonde hair started to fall out as a result of alopecia.
Her and her husband had also been unable to have kids, however found solace in their family dog and pet horse, Pebbles.
On August 29, Mrs Whitham had told her husband, an electrician, she was going to the stables to visit their horse.
Her husband was out with his friends, when he came back home to find her hanging, reports Mail Online.
Speaking at the inquest, Geoff Charnock, the West Sussex Coroner's officer said: "Kim had been married to her husband Darren and they had been together for 18 years.
"Kim and Darren were unable to have children and although he was able to accept this Kim struggled and it made her very sad.
"Kim also suffered with Alopecia and lost her hair. This was devastating for Kim but she soldiered on and was very brave.
"Kim never had any counselling but had been prescribed anti-depressants.
"Kim put a brave face on and tried to remain strong. Her horse Pebbles was a great comfort to her as well as their dog Lily."
After the death of Lily on August 24, Mr Whitham recalled at the inquest he felt Mrs Whitham was coping when they went to a pub lunch on August 28.
The following day he went to visit friends as he believed she was going to the stables.
Mr Charnock said: "Kim was going to go to the stables to see her horse.
"However, she never went to the stables. Darren arrived home just before midnight and found Kim hanging from the bannister."
Emergency services scrambled to the scene in a battle to save her, however she was pronounced dead after midnight.
According to a toxicology reports, Mrs Whitham had 228mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in her system.
"I do find that on the balance of probabilities this was a deliberate act by Mrs Whitham to take her own life and that this was that act that ended her life," concluded Sarah Clarke, the assistant coroner for West Sussex.
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