Brymbo woman, 30, drank herself to death


Staff Reporter

A HARD-working carer died aged 30 after turning to drink when her mother died, an inquest heard.

Katy Owens, of Cheshire View, Brymbo, remained dedicated to looking after others until the very end.

She continued to work despite suffering from alcoholic liver disease from which she died at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

An inquest in Mold heard Miss Owens struggled to cope after her 50-year-old mother Sandra died of cancer in 2004.

Cousin Michelle Constantine told the inquest: “She was very hard working.

“She was working right up until she went into hospital.

“In 2004 she lost her mum and she started to deteriorate a little bit then.

“She never really got over that.

“She was very close to her mother.”

GP records showed Miss Owens was drinking half a litre of vodka per day but family members believed it to be more.

Her cousin added: “She carried on working and hid it from many, many people.

“There was nothing like her mum to keep her on the straight and narrow.”

Despite her supportive family rallying to help her reduce her alcohol intake and help from The Elms in Wrexham, Miss Owen fell ill and died on July 8, 2012.

A post mortem examination showed chronic pancreatitis and liver failure as a result of alcoholic liver disease.

Recording a verdict of death as a result of the abuse of alcohol, North Wales East and Central coroner John Gittins said: “It’s unusual that we have such a young alcohol-related death.”

He added: “This just strikes me as a very, very sad case in so many ways, not least her age, but the circumstances that led her to drink in the first place, the loss of her mother at a relatively young age and the way she struggled to cope with it.”

He added: “She was hard working and a lot of people relied on her and she never let them down.”

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