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Blackburn mother caught deadly infections after hospital treatment
AN ‘adoring’ mother-of-three died after contracting MRSA and E-Coli at Royal Blackburn Hospital , a coroner heard.
Elizabeth Walsh, 61, of Curzon Place, Blackburn, was admitted to the hospital in Sepetmber 20, 2011, suffering from Crohn’s disease and small bowel obstructions from previous surgery.
The hearing was told that she contracted MRSA twice during her treatment and E-Coli was also found to be present in her urine.
Mrs Walsh, a retired mill worker, was admitted to the critical care unit with sepsis on November 12, but her condition continued to worsen, and she died on November 20.
Recording a narrative verdict, Coroner Michael Singleton said: “Both MRSA and E-Coli infections had a part to play.
“Clearly, it seems to me it is very relevant this lady had Crohn’s disease, that’s why she was in hospital and the treatment for that caused her to be immuno-suppressed and at more risk of infections.
“It would be wrong to describe it as a natural cause of death, as a Hickman line and the risk of infection was not natural.
“To say it was simply medical misadventure would fail to appreciate the underlying problems this lady had.”
The cause of death was given as multi-organ failure due to sepsis due to infected Hickman line and urosepsis. The contributory factor was Crohn’s Disease.
Daughter Carol Walsh, a councillor for Mill Hill, said: “She was an adoring mother who did everything for us, and to lose her in this way has been extremely tragic.”