A WREXHAM woman whose liver was damaged by alcoholism failed to fight off pneumonia, an inquest heard.

Shula Elizabeth Roberts, 38, was pronounced dead at her home address on Bradley Road in Wrexham on October 17, 2019.

An inquest held in Ruthin on Wednesday (September 23) into her death heard that Miss Roberts, a teacher by trade, had suffered from anorexia, bulimia, anxiety and depression and had began drinking heavily.

The inquest heard Miss Roberts, a mother-of-two, was drinking three bottles of wine a day, and later turned to drinking a bottle of vodka a day.

After splitting from her husband, Miss Roberts, who had taught hair and beauty at Coleg Cambria, moved into a bedsit on Bradley Road with her new partner, Stephen Shane Jones.

The inquest heard that in the days before her death, Mr Jones had heard "pained sounds" coming from the bedroom, and that Miss Roberts had been sick and was "retching".

The couple agreed that if her condition had not improved by the Thursday (October 17), they would attend A+E.

The court heard that at 11pm on October 16, Mr Jones found Miss Roberts "slumped" on the landing floor, so he took her back to bed.

The next morning, Mr Jones found Miss Roberts to be unresponsive, and found that she was not breathing.

At this point, he conducted CPR until paramedics arrived, but despite their best efforts Miss Roberts was pronounced dead.

The inquest heard that a post-mortem examination into Miss Roberts' death found evidence of the early stages of alcoholic fatty liver disease.

It also found pneumonia on her lungs, which was given as a provisional cause of death - with alcoholic fatty liver disease a contributory factor.

The court heard that with the fact Miss Roberts spent a lot of her time in bed, she increased her chance of contracting pneumonia - with lying flat back for long periods of time increasing risk of developing pneumonia.

And with her liver damaged by her alcoholism, she was unable to fight off the infection, the inquest was told.

Recording a conclusion of alcohol related death, John Gittins, senior coroner for North Wales East and Central, said her death had been caused by pneumonia with alcoholic fatty liver disease being a contributory factor.

Miss Roberts is described as having been a "beautiful young woman" who is "sorely missed".