Inquest into cancer mum’s death at Norwich hospice

Andrea West. Andrea West.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
5:30 PM

The mother of a woman who died under respite care has told an inquest how her daughter would not have agreed to a do not attempt resuscitation plan as she “would have wanted to be alive as long as she possibly could for her children”.

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Mother-of-six Andrea West, 35, who had cervical cancer, died in September 2012 within days of being admitted to Priscilla Bacon Lodge.

Mrs West’s death came despite being told she could live for a further two years and sparked claims from her family that she had been placed on an end of life treatment plan, or Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP).

An inquest into her death, which is expected to last three days, started in Norwich today and heard from Mrs West’s mother.

Giving evidence an emotional Janette Green said she was surprised by the speed of her daughter’s deterioration after her arrival at Priscilla Bacon Lodge on September 15 2012.

She said: “At no point did we think on that day that four or five days later she was not going to be with us anymore.

“She thought she was going to go to the Norfolk and Norwich because of pains in her stomach and was surprised to be at Priscilla Bacon Lodge. She thought she had ended up in the wrong place.”

After a “great” visit a couple of days later Mrs Green said her daughter, who was born in Norwich and lived at King George Road, Hempton, near Fakenham, “looked a picture of health” and was told the prognosis was “months” so were looking forward to getting her home.

But by the time Mrs Green visited the next day with a friend she told the inquest her daughter was “drugged up so much she could hardly talk to us”.

Mrs Green said with each visit the prognosis shortened from months to weeks.

She said: “I’m thinking what’s going on here? She’s in here for symptomatic control.”

Mrs Green said she was told“categorically” that Mrs West was not on the LCP.

When asked by Assistant Norfolk Coroner David Osborne if she recalled a conversation with one of the doctors about Mrs West’s request in relation to an agreement in relation to do not attempt CPR (DNAR) she said she could not.

She added: “But I know she would want to be resuscitated because she would have wanted to be alive for as long as age could for her children.”

The inquest continues.

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