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Family Hope For Answers At Somerset Woman’s Inquest

Inquest To Investigate The Circumstances Of Death



An inquest to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a Somerset woman is to start at 10am on Wednesday January 4th, at Bristol Coroners Court and is expected to last two days.

The family of 60-year-old Faye McLaughlin from Banwell who died in intensive care at the Weston General Hospital last July will attend the hearing where they hope to better understand the circumstances surrounding her unexpected death.

Jonathan Peacock, partner and specialist in medical negligence and inquest law at Irwin Mitchell in Bristol: “This has been an incredibly difficult time for the McLaughlin family, in particular Faye’s husband of 42-years Keith who has suffered a great loss.

“They hope that the inquest will go someway to answering the many questions they have regarding her death so that they can finally look to move forward with their lives.”

Mrs McLaughlin, who suffered from Parkinson’s Disease, was first taken to hospital by ambulance complaining of back pain following a series of falls at her home in Banwell in May 2010.

Doctors diagnosed a urinary infection and gave her pain killers and a course of physiotherapy for her back. A week later she was diagnosed with acute kidney failure, a serious systemic infection and a perforated stomach ulcer and doctors at the hospital operated. 

A further operation was carried out later that month but, sadly, after six weeks in intensive care, Mrs McLaughlin died on July 21st.