Mum of three from Wrexham died after virus infected her brain


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A MOTHER-of-three died after contracting a virus which infected her brain, an inquest was told.

Donna Melanie Allman, 34, was found lying on the bathroom floor on October 8 last year.

She was rushed to the Maelor hospital and attempts at resuscitation continued for an hour before she was pronounced dead.

Her partner, Gavin Jones, of Bryn Eglwys, Wrexham, said that Miss Allman, a machinist, had complained of severe back problem for some time and an MRI scan revealed she had a slipped disc, a result of which she was waiting to see a specialist.

After being out together on the evening of October 7 they both fell asleep on the sofa and at 7.30am the following morning their daughter Kayleigh found Miss Allman collapsed on the bathroom floor.

Mr Jones told coroner John Gittins that the previous day she had complained of a severe headache.

Home Office pathologist Dr Brian Rodgers said the cause of death was viral encephalitis, an infection which causes swelling of the brain, which in turn impacts on the heart function.

Mr Jones asked the coroner whether there was any way of knowing how long Miss Allman had had the virus, to which he replied: “It can develop very quickly.”

Recording a conclusion of death from natural causes, he added: “It is a scary prospect that something of this nature can happen to someone who, regardless of the back pain, was a fit young woman.”

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