A mum-of-seven suffering from depression took her own life just weeks after discovering she was pregnant again, an inquest heard.

Carla Murtagh, 34, from Birmingham, had booked an appointment to have an abortion, but later changed her mind and decided to keep the baby.

But nine days later the full time mum told her husband Matthew at home she wanted to ‘go upstairs and be left alone’, before being found hanged.

Birmingham Mail reports that the city’s coroner’s court heard how Carla was rushed to Heartlands Hospital by paramedics after Matthew found her, and A&E staff attempted to resuscitate her.

Doctors performed an emergency caesarian on the mum, who was 25 weeks pregnant at the time, but the baby was stillborn.

A short time later, Carla was pronounced dead by medics.

Matthew said: ‘We were shocked because it wasn’t planned. She considered having an abortion because we already had so many children. She was upset, and we were discussing how we were going to have another baby.’

Carla, who suffered with conditions including depression, consulted her GP at the end of August about her pregnancy and told him she wanted an abortion.