Diabetic man died after blood sugar levels plummeted

Reporter:

Lois Hough

A DIABETIC man died suddenly after his blood sugar levels dropped dangerously low, an inquest has heard.

Mark Bull, 36, took insulin three times a day to control his diabetes but was found dead at his home on Spon Green, Buckley, in April.

Minutes before his death it is believed he had tried and failed to open a bar of chocolate from his bedside table in a bid to boost his blood sugar level.

His body was discovered by girlfriend Cally Sahin who had not heard from Mr Bull for two days.

Wrexham-born Mr Bull, a fitter at Airbus in Broughton, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in April 2007 and suffered occasional seizures.

Describing his seizures, Miss Sahin told the inquest at Mold Law Courts: “I didn’t realise what was going on.

“I just thought he was being really quiet and staring at the television, then he came back out of it.

“He didn’t like the fact he had it but he was coping. It didn’t hold him back from anything he wanted to do.”

His father Cliff Bull added: “He came to grips with it quite well. Every time he needed his insulin, he would just take it.”

Miss Sahin last saw Mr Bull, a former pupil at Castell Alun High School, Hope, on the evening of Monday, April 11 when they spent time together at her nearby home.

The following morning she noticed his bedroom blinds were closed after he should have left for work.

The blinds were still closed that evening but a bedroom light was on.

“I thought he must have been home so I left him to it,” said Miss Sahin.

“We weren’t the kind of couple to live in each other’s pockets.”

But the blinds were still closed on the morning of Wednesday, April 13 so Miss Sahin entered the house and found her boyfriend’s body on the bedroom floor.

She said: “I found a bar of chocolate by his hand and it looked like he had tried to get into it because there was a slight tear at the top.”

A post-mortem examination revealed Mr Bull died from a hypoglycemic attack – low blood sugar.

Recording a verdict of natural causes, John Gittins, acting coroner for North East Wales, said: “Thirty-six is no age to lose someone you love. You have my genuine condolences for the loss you have suffered.”

Paying tribute to Mr Bull following the inquest, a family statement read: “Mark was a popular person who always had time for his family, friends and work colleagues.

“He is missed so much. Life will not be the same without him.”

More than £1,300 has been raised in Mr Bull’s memory for the Diabetic Centre at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

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