Deane mum found dead in bed after feeling short of breath
AN ALCOHOLIC mother died from pneumonia just hours after going to her doctor complaining about shortness of breath.
Bolton area coroner Alan Walsh heard how 51-year-old Carol Warr was found dead in bed at her home in Garfield Grove, Deane, on August 15 by her son Mark Ridings.
The previous day Mrs Warr had been taken to see her GP at the Pike’s Lane Health Centre by her partner David Russell after her inhaler ran out and she was having difficulty breathing.
But Dr Gillian Counsel, who saw Mrs Warr, told the court the patient improved after being put on a nebuliser and was allowed home after being given a prescription for antibiotics to treat a chest infection.
Mr Ridings said he last saw his mother at 4.15am the next day when they both went to the bathroom, but he became concerned about her an hour later.
“I realised I couldn’t hear my mum because when she goes to sleep she usually snores,” he said.
Paramedics were unable to revive her.
The inquest heard how housewife Mrs Warr began drinking as much as two bottles of vodka and a bottle of cider a day five years earlier.
Her grown-up children contacted alcohol misuse services to get her help but she was not motivated to work with them. Mrs Warr had a number of health problems brought on by smoking and alcohol, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, alcoholic liver disease and alcohol-related pancreatitis.
Pathologist Dr David Bisset told the court that people with such conditions have a propensity to develop bronchopneumonia, which can develop very quickly and caused Mrs Warr’s death.
Mr Walsh said he was satisfied that a proper examination of Mrs Warr was carried out by her GP and her condition at the time did not require her to have a hospital admission.
He told Mr Ridings that he could not have done more to help his mother.
“Alcohol is destructive and sadly it affects not only the individual and causes their death, but it destroys relationships,” he said.
He recorded a narrative conclusion that Mrs Warr died as a consequence of naturally occurring disease on a background of liver disease and pancreatitis.
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