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Mother claims daughter's 'allergy to Wi-Fi' led to her death, calls for it to be removed from schools

Published 02/12/2015

Jenny Fry, 15, suffered severe headaches, tiredness and bladder problems apparently caused by electromagnetic hypersensitivity
Jenny Fry, 15, suffered severe headaches, tiredness and bladder problems apparently caused by electromagnetic hypersensitivity

A bereaved mother is campaigning for Wi-Fi to be removed from schools after claiming her daughter took her own life because of an allergy to it.

Jenny Fry, 15, suffered severe headaches, tiredness and bladder problems apparently caused by electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS).

Her mother, Debra Fry, blames the symptoms which led up to her daughter killing herself on exposure to Wi-Fi, and is now calling for its ban in schools.

Dental nurse Ms Fry, 55, said: "I have become utterly convinced that this was to blame. I believe it is the next asbestos or smoking.

"People are being exposed to Wi-Fi day in, day out in all sorts of places, and what's criminal is that we are not being protected."

At an inquest in Oxfordshire last month into Jenny's death, a coroner recorded a narrative verdict after ruling it was possible she had not intended to claim her own life.

No medical notes were presented to the court about budding Oxford University student Jenny's condition, which is not recognised by UK health bodies.

But Ms Fry is adamant Wi-Fi was to blame for the symptoms before her death. She said the symptoms first started after they had Wi-Fi installed at their home in November 2012.

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Ms Fry said: "Within a month of Wi-Fi coming into the house I noticed slight behavioural changes in Jenny, in particular she became a bit obsessed about time.

"She was not quite the same. Then in January 2013, she started getting what she described as 'strange feelings' in her head, and muscle twitches and joint pain, and a rash on her chest.

"And as time went by, and as she was being exposed more and more to Wi-Fi both at home and at school, she began to really struggle at school.

"I had a meeting with the headteacher in June that year and I said it was because of the Wi-Fi. I said something's not right about this.

"But he said that for all the papers you produce saying it's harmful, he could produce just as many saying it was safe."

Before her death, Mrs Fry had Wi-Fi taken out of the family home because she was suffering ailments, including heart palpitations and tinnitus, as well as her daughter.

Talented artist Jenny - a Year 10 pupil at Chipping Norton School - was found hanged from a tree in woods near her home in Chadlington, Oxfordshire, on June 11.

Ms Fry said her daughter had written letters, in which she said: "I find it hard to be hopeful when I can barely enjoy anything any more."

She said she would not have allowed Jenny to have a mobile phone until she was 16, and now Ms Fry only uses a landline and ethernet cabled internet connection to avoid Wi-Fi.

Mrs Fry said: "I'm campaigning for Wi-Fi to be removed from schools. And if it cannot be done, then we need to see it only switched on when it's needed."

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