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Level of morphine in young mum's blood was fatal

Published date: 19 June 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A YOUNG mother found unconscious in a public toilet cubicle had more than twice the fatal level of morphine in her blood, an inquest heard.

Kirsty Jane Wilde, 23, was found in the public toilets near the Waterworld swimming pool in Wrexham on January 22. She was pronounced dead later in hospital.

She had been using heroin, an inquest at Wrexham’s Guildhall heard yesterday.

A post-mortem examination carried out by Dr Andrew Dalton found Ms Wilde’s blood contained 0.44 milligrammes of morphine per litre – more than twice the fatal amount of 0.2 milligrammes.

Witnesses Carol Adamson and Andrew Soton were able to place Ms Wilde in a recovery position and call an ambulance, but she remained unresponsive. She was taken to hospital, but police and paramedics were unable to revive her.

A report from Dr Seramanperuman Sivaraman at Wrexham Maelor Hospital said the team decided to stop performing CPR on Miss Wilde at 6.35pm due to the lack of signs of life.

A statement from her grandmother Rita Gomm was read out in which she said Ms Wilde had started using drugs from the age of 12 and her grandmother had become aware of her habit a year before her death.

The statement added that Mrs Gomm had tried to help her granddaughter, who was originally from Stockport and had been living in Wrexham for a few months before her death, deal with her habit.

Dr Dalton’s post mortem examination also found some gastric contents in her respiratory tract, which would have caused aspiration pneumonitis.

North Wales East and Central Coroner John Gittins recorded a conclusion of a drug-related death.

l After her death a friend of Ms Wilde, who did not want be named, said: “She was a lovely girl. She was bubbly and would talk to anyone.

“She had only been in Wrexham a few months. It’s very, very sad.”

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