East Lancs woman died after severe chest infection

Royal Blackburn Hospital

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First published in Burnley by , Court reporter

A 39-YEAR-OLD woman from Padiham died after suffering from a severe chest infection, a coroner’s court has heard.

Natasha Weldon died on April 21 only nine days after being treated for bronchopneumonia at Royal Blackburn Hospital.

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She had been discharged from the hospital and returned her home in Warwick Drive which she shared with her partner David Hughes.

She was discovered on April 21 by Mr Hughes unresponsive and paramedics were called but was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

At the inquest her sister Michelle said: “She had a long history of medical complications going back to her birth.

“She was on quite a lot of medication.

“She was good with her medication and she took it regularly and on time when it was required. Natasha was quite energetic and liked cleaning.

“After coming back from hospital she said that she didn’t feel very well at all.”

Miss Weldon, who was born in Northern Ireland, had been a patient at Padiham Medical Centre since 1991.

Dr Barbara Savage, one of the GPs to have seen her during that time, said: “She had chronic pain relating to various problems with her wrist and her back.

“She also had chronic constipation, anxiety and depression. I’m not aware of any reactions to her drugs before.”

Miss Weldon was taking a combination of morphine and tramadol before she died which were prescribed to her.

Pathologist Dr Muhammad Aslam, who carried out the post-mortem examination, said: “She had a severe infection in her chest from the bronchopneumonia which led to her death.”

Deputy coroner Elaine Block said: “There were a whole combination of circumstances here.

“It’s clear that she had a number of problems that she had to deal with on a day-to-day basis and that they were not insignificant.”

The deputy coroner recorded a narrative verdict and said that the cause of death was respiratory failure due to the bronchopneumonia.

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