Wymondham woman’s death was due to misadventure

Norfolk Coroner's Court is situated in the ground floor. Picture: Denise Bradley

Norfolk Coroner's Court is situated in the ground floor. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2012

A woman who suffered from chronic pain throughout her life died following an accidental paracetamol overdose, a coroner has heard.

Lisa Skitmore, 36, died at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge on April 27 this year of liver failure after being transferred from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for a possible liver transplant.

Ms Skitmore, who lived with her parents in Cock Street, Wymondham, had fallen out of bed on April 22, lost consciousness and was taken to hospital.

At a hearing at Norfolk Coroner's Court yesterday, assistant coroner Nicholas Holroyd heard that Ms Skitmore suffered from a rare condition called pseudo-obtrusive bowel disorder.

He heard only about 200 people in the UK suffered from the condition, which gave her 'severe and chronic' pain she battled with through a daily regime of medicine. Despite this, and accompanying mental problems including depression, she had managed to hold down a number of jobs during her adult life such as training administrator.


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Mr Holroyd made a conclusion of 'misadventure' and offered his condolences to her Ms Skitmore's family and friends. He said: 'She was continuing to suffer dreadful pain and she took more paracetamol than was good for her.'

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