Sophia Mirza (8 August 1973-15 November 2005) was a woman in the United Kingdom who suffered from myalgic encephalomyelitis. She has been referred to as the first patient in the UK to have CFS (ME) listed as a cause of her death, however a letter to New Scientist magazine suggested there had been a previous death attributed to the disease.
Life[edit | edit source]
Sophia joined "Woodcraft" and enjoyed weekly groups as well as camping. She was involved in the eco movement and recycling. Her art was incorporated into organic foods, yoga, camping, cycling and music.
Illness[edit | edit source]
Sophia suffered two car crashes as a teenager and was hospitalized with meningitis. At age 19, she had multiple vaccinations before traveling to Africa for work, where she twice had malaria. She fell ill with ME after an apparent flu-like illness.
Death[edit | edit source]
Her death came not long after a forced entry into her mother's home and being sectioned and taken to a mental hospital in 2003. An independent Neuropathologist found Sophia's spine contained massive infection.
Inquest[edit | edit source]
Summary by: Invest in ME
The Inquest in the Death of Sophia Mirza.Sophia's November 25, 2005 Death Certificate Cause of Death Verdict: She died as a result of acute renal failure arising from the effects of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Doctors Abhijit Chaudhuri, a Neurologist and Dominic O’Donovan, a Neuropathologist, examined spinal tissue from Sophia Mirza prior to the inquest into her death and found changes to her spinal cord.  via New Scientist
TV news coverage[edit | edit source]
itv Meridian Tonight
"Late M.E. sufferer Sophia Mirza"
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Video 2 
"UK: Psychiatric Industry Victim (Part2)"
Video 3 
Written media[edit | edit source]
"I never imagined my sister would die"
The Irish Times By Roisin Wilson
"BEFORE MY sister Sophia got Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), I had subconsciously developed a disparaging view of the disease. The little I knew about ME at the turn of the century was from how it had been portrayed in the tabloid press."
First official UK death from chronic fatigue syndrome
New Scientist By Rowan Hooper
"Chronic fatigue syndrome has been given as an official cause of death for the first time in the UK. CFS, which is also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), has occasionally been recorded on death certificates in the US and Australia but it is far from being accepted as an organic disease." 
Website commemoration[edit | edit source]
- Sophia and M.E. Site created by Sophia's mother to commemorate her daughter's life, illness, and passing.
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Not, sadly, the first
- The Story of Sophia and M.E.
- The Story of Sophia and M.E.
- Sophia And ME
- Sophia And ME - Neuropathology Report
- The Inquest into the Death of Sophia Mirza
- Sophia Mirza's Death Certificate - November 25, 2005
- Hooper, R. (2006, June). First official UK death from chronic fatigue syndrome.
- Late M.E. sufferer Sophia Mirza (Part 1) Vid 1
- Late M.E. sufferer Sophia Mirza (Part 2) Vid 2
- UK: Psychiatric Industry Victim (Part2) Vid 3
- I never imagined my sister would die - The Irish Times
- First official UK death from chronic fatigue syndrome - New Scientist