A loveable rugby player who wanted to join the army was found hanged just months after spending time in hospital for his mental health, an inquest heard.
Lewis Isaac was 24 when he died on October 3, last year, just months after receiving treatment for acute psychosis at University Hospital Llandough, the hearing was told.
The day before his death, Lewis attended an induction day at the Maindy Barracks in Cathays, Cardiff, having expressed an interest in joining the army since he was 16.
Later that day, he told his mother Martine Morse, that he was worried he would not be able to join the army because of his mental health history.
"Lewis always felt his mental health would not allow him to join," Mrs Morse said in a statement which was read to Pontypridd Coroner's office by assistant coroner David Regan.
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Lewis, who was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at the age of six, and his mum Martine had been out separately that evening. Mrs Morse said they met on their way home and she could tell Lewis had been drinking. Before going to bed he said to her: "If I don't get into the army, let's make a pact."
Mrs Morse added that there was no sign that anything untoward would happen when they both went to bed but she sadly found him hanged the next morning.
A toxicology report found Lewis had 103 milligrams per deciliter of alcohol in his blood at the time of his death, the legal driving limit is 83. No recreational drugs were found in his system.
"Lewis had a happy childhood, he was diagnosed with Aspergers when he was six. He had a massive heart, he found it impossible to leave anyone, he was so caring," she said.
Mrs Morse and her partner David Isaac, Lewis' dad paid tribute to their son at the time of his death, describing how he was always thinking of other people and made a big impact in many people's lives.
"In the weeks before his death everything was looking up. He seemed to be getting better, he promised us he would not do anything like this," added Mrs Morse.
Mrs Morse explained that Lewis had battled with his health for a number of years, and was admitted to Llandough Hospital in February 2019 where he was an inpatient for six weeks following a diagnosis of acute psychosis.
When Lewis was discharged from the hospital in March, he continued to receive weekly care in the form of cognitive behaviour therapy from the intervention psychosis team, as well as taking anti-psychotic and anti-depressant medication, according to Dr Somashekara Shivashankar, his consultant psychologist.
Speaking at the inquest in Pontypridd, Dr Shivashankar explained that Lewis was very ill during his hospital admission in March 2019, which had a "flavour of a schizophrenia episode", but he was never formally diagnosed with the condition.
On meeting Lewis following his discharge in June, Dr Shivashankar said it was clear Lewis' health had improved and he was pleased with the progress he was making.
Dr Shivashankar was the last contact Lewis had with a member of his mental health team on September 26 , and he expressed the same sentiment that things were looking up for Lewis.
He told the hearing: "On that day Lewis was positive, he did say he sometimes has low motivation, but there was no evidence of any psychotic symptoms.
"He said he was getting up around 8am to 9am, he had started back university he was taking an interest in rugby again, going to the gym four times a week, he was quite postive.
"He expressed to have a desire that he wanted to join the officer core at the university. It came across to me that he was looking forward in life."
Dr Shivashankar advised Lewis that his mental health would not be an issue for him to join the army but told him he had to get better first. There was also a discussion over Lewis reducing his medication dosage.
He added that while Lewis presented signs of depression such as low motivation, he was not clinically depressed and there was no immediate concern for his life.
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Reviewing the evidence, assistant coroner Mr Regan could not confidently say Lewis intended to take his own life. Mr Regan delivered a narrative conclusion for Lewis' death.
Speaking after the inquest, Lewis' mum, Mrs Morse, said: "He was a lovely kid, he was very kind and caring, he always worried about everybody else."
Mrs Morse expressed concern over the apparent increasing numbers of men to lose their lives in this way, adding she would like to set something up to help others in Lewis' memory.
"I just want to know when it is going to stop," she added.
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