Nocturnal epilepsy killed Rhosddu man, 21

Published date: 28 March 2014 |
Published by: Kirstie Dolphin 
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A YOUNG chef who died as he slept in his bed suffered from sleeping fits, an inquest heard.

Scott Torrens, 21, died at his home in Rhosddu on November 2.

An inquest into his death in Ruthin yesterday heard he suffered from nocturnal epilepsy, a form of the condition where seizures only occur when the sufferer is asleep.

Mr Torrens’ death has been a mystery for his family and his father, Nigel Torrens, had told the Leader he hoped the inquest would bring the family “closure”.

Mr Torrens Snr and the deceased’s mother, Julie Jones, were aware that their son suffered with sleeping fits.

Pathologist Pauline Dowling said Scott Torrens had no alcohol or drugs in his system and there was no evidence of underlying diseases at the time of death.

He had a slightly enlarged heart, but this did not contribute to his death, Mrs Dowling said.

North East Wales Central Coroner John Gittins read a statement from Mr Torrens Snr, saying his son was generally healthy apart from suffering from sleeping fits.

He said in the statement: “The sleeping fits stopped for several years, with rare ones on occasion.

“He had a couple of sleeping fits, but we did not know the full extent as he lived in his own.” Mrs Jones arrived at her son’s flat on the morning of November 2.

She heard him snoring and was concerned he was not awake, but she could not get in to the flat.

She called Mr Torrens Snr, who arrived shortly afterwards and contacted the landlady as he could not get in either.

After securing entry to the flat, they called for an ambulance. But their son was pronounced dead at the scene.

The inquest heard Scott Torrens had been diagnosed with nocturnal epilepsy in 2004. He took medication for it until 2008.

He took part in a sleeping study in February 2013, which found he snored most of the night.

But the study showed no evidence of sleep apnoea, or interrupted breathing.

His family said he had asked for the sleep study as he “was not sleeping very well”.

Mr Gittins said: “Given this gentlemen’s medical history, the cause of death is nocturnal epilepsy.”

He delivered a conclusion of death by natural causes.

After the hearing, Mr Torrens Snr said: “As far as we were aware this was something Scott had when he was younger and we didn’t know he still had it.

“Everything medically has been dealt with and we now have our answers. Scott will be greatly missed by us all.”

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