When teenage ballerina Maria Santa complained of splitting headaches, doctors assumed she had an ear infection and sent her home with antibiotics.

But after paying four visits to health facilities complaining her head was ''about to explode'' Maria, 17, she was found unconscious by her boyfriend at their apartment in Manchester.

The young Romanian was taken to Salford Royal Hospital, but never regained consciousness and died two days later. It emerged Maria had suffered a blood clot on the brain which is feared to have been triggered by her taking the contraceptive pill.

At an inquest, one doctor said it was only the third case of its type he had seen in nine years whilst another medical expert said warning signs over Maria's condition had been missed in the run up to her death.

The teenager originally from Cluj-Napoca in Romania had been performing ballet since she was just nine and last year won a scholarship to the £12,648 a year Northern Ballet School in Manchester.

She enrolled in September and her parents followed her up to Manchester from London.

She began to suffer headaches the following month and collapsed in November. Cavendish Press' coverage of the inquest where a coroner recorded a conclusion of death by natural causes, featured in the Daily Express, The Sun, Daily Mirror and other newspapers and websites.

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