Death not caused by medication

The home in Bentham Road
The home in Bentham Road

A PENSIONER, whose death was probed by police, died of natural causes..

Florence McCouig, 87, passed away at Wigan Infirmary on October 31 last year with partner Roy Green arrested on suspicion of murder in the aftermath, an inquest heard.

Mr Green was cleared of all charges earlier this year and an inquest at Bolton Coronor’s Court heard that Mrs McCouig’s death came after a duodenal ulcer, a type of peptic ulcer that occurs in the beginning of the small intestine, invaded a blood vessel which resulted to her vomiting blood.

It was also found that three of the main arteries leading to her heart were extremely narrow.

The inquest heard how Mr Green, then 48, had been with her on the day she died and had called for an ambulance when she began to vomit blood, something she had never done before.

While in hospital, Mrs McCouig had a blood transfusion and it was decided that if she went underwent a cardiac arrest, she would not be resuscitated.

Her condition deteriorated and she died at 4.24pm.

Before her death, Mrs McCouig was suffering from confusion and memory loss and had been to a memory clinic as well as visiting a consultant psychiatrist.

She had made various accusations of people trying to hurt her, including a doctor, before retracting them.

Mr Green moved to live with Mrs McCouig, a widow to Douglas, in Bentham Road, Standish, after meeting her while tending to her garden in the summer of 2009. He became her carer and their friendship developed into a relationship.

Although still very active in her old age, she had trouble with her knee and had been taking the anti-inflammatories since the early 1990s.

Leading up to her death, Mrs McCouig had been prescribed the anti-inflammatory drug Neproxin alongside ant-acid tablets.

The inquest heard how such anti-inflammatory tablets can cause ulcers to form but Home Office Pathologist Dr Philip Lumb, who examined Mrs McCouig on November 1, 2011, said he was satisfied the ulcer in her intestine was one which naturally developed and not caused by medication.

GP Dr Nadia Ghalayini told the court how Mr Green had brought Mrs McCouig to see her in May 2010 when she was becoming more confused.

Mrs McCouig later underwent a CT scan, where it was found she had two small but benign legions on her brain. Dr Lumb added that due to their size, they played no part in her confusion. Mr Green was arrested after her death and questioned by police while carrying out an investigation.

In conclusion, deputy coroner Alan Walsh gave a verdict of natural causes and paid tribute to the police investigation and also Mr Green’s co-operation.

He said: “It was a difficult investigation from the police, who acted on information given after the death. I very sorry for the death of Florence McCouig, it sounds like she was quite a character.”