A POPULAR, outgoing student died from extensive clots to her brain on Boxing Day, the opening of an inquest has heard.
Bolton Coroner’s Court was told Katie Davies, from Appley Bridge, attended Wigan Infirmary on December 22, 2012, but her condition deteriorated during her time in hospital.
Area Coroner for Manchester West Alan Walsh heard business student Katie, 21, had been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 2012 in Sheffield, which was being treated with injections after Katie had refused surgery.
Giving evidence to open a five-day inquest, Katie’s mum Deborah Davies told the court her daughter had been looking forward to Christmas before falling ill and refused to let her illness inhibit her love of life.
Ms Davies said: “She was very glamorous and loved make-up and concerts, there was no keeping her down. She was also a British standard gymnast.
“When she was diagnosed with Crohn’s she was horrified at the thought of the surgery, and she was so keen to try the alternative treatment as it would give her a better quality of life.
“Just before Christmas she said she was too tired to take her brother to the cinema, and that worried us as it just wasn’t Katie. She went to the Trafford Centre and I was told she had been taken to hospital, but she thought it was norovirus and said not to worry.”
Ms Davies, who was represented in court by Andrew Bridgeman, also strongly criticised the attitudes of staff at Wigan Infirmary and aspects of Katie’s care, but inquests are only concerned with fact-finding rather than blame.
David Lewis, representing Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) said the hospital did not accept the allegations, but Mr Walsh said he felt grieving families should not be denied the chance to have their say.
Katie’s father Edward told the court her condition got worse on Christmas Day, complaining of severe pain in her arm and side. A post-mortem examination found widespread thrombosis clots across the brain, which was also in the early stages of swelling.
Professor David Sanders, from the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield, told the inquest there was an increased risk of clotting from the combination of Crohn’s disease and the medication she was taking, but for the clots to develop in the brain from such circumstances was incredibly rare. The inquest is scheduled to last until Friday.