Anorexic pleads for help

Lena Zavaroni died of pneumonia in 1999 aged 35

Lena Zavaroni died of pneumonia in 1999 aged 33 35

An anorexia sufferer, who has taken the name of a singing star who died of the disease, is fighting for better respite care.

BBC News, 8 August 2002

Ellie Zavaroni wants special respite care

Ms Zavaroni, who is now is only kept alive by a feeding tube, wants respite care at a specialist anorexia centre, but none is available in Lincolnshire.

BBC News, 8 August 2002


If you find the BBCs archive version of the article hard to read as it’s an archive page and as such was created for much smaller screen sizes follow this link to my Evernote copy that is easer to read.


  • Lena Zavaroni was 35 years 10 months 27 days old when she died.
  • Lena Zavaroni died of Bronchopneumonia which she contracted while in hospital having undergone Neurosurgery for Mental Disorder (NMD) as a last resort to manager her depression.
  • Ellie was offered a placement in Sheffield approximately 2 hours by car and I would have thought she would be taken by ambulance if she needed one. (so too ill to take up a place offered to her in Sheffield, but not too ill to talk to the media).