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plymouthmaid Mon 23-May-11 19:00:24

I have posted on here earlier about my lovely mum who passed away last month. mum was sedated and ventilated for 3 weeks before she died. The doctors (who were amazing) never found out what was actually wrong with her despite a huge number of blood tests, CT scan, x-rays etc.Following her death she had to have a post mortem the pathologist was also unable to identify a cause of death and mum now has to have an inquest. I was wondering if anyone has had any experience of this and if they can tell me what to expect.Thanks x

lilolilmanchester Mon 23-May-11 20:39:58

Sorry about your Mum Plymouthmaid, it must be a difficult time for you. I don't have any experience but bumping for you x

dance84 Tue 24-May-11 20:56:23

My mum passed away 3 months ago and there is to be an inquest. It has taken a few months for them to gather evidence. I have now been told file is to be forwarded to people who hold inquest. I believe that next of kin are welcome to attend. You can also get a transcript of the inquest on payment of a fee, Sorry about your loss. My mum was sedated and ventilated too. But only for about 36 hours. That was a horrible time so I can only imagine what you went and are going through.

Dorothyredboots Thu 26-May-11 09:51:13

I am sorry for your loss. You are not alone. My Mum died on Friday following a fall and a few days on sedation/ventilation. We have had the Post mortem and have to have an inquest. I am going tomorrow to make a statement to the Coroner and to identify the body. My DH is coming with me in case I feel I cannot do it, but I want to be brave for Mum. I have been told that the inquest will be in a few months and that I can go if I want. I am trying not to think about all of this too much, and accept that this is the way our society does things. Seems a bit OTT to me as my Mum was 81 and had a lot of health problems but a bump on the head killed her, but we have to do it.
Thinking of all those bereaved.

shelleylou Thu 26-May-11 10:22:11

I am sorry for your loss. My younger brother died suddenly in October 2009. Due to the circumstances of his death (Road crash) we had an inquest for his death. The coroner went through thee facts of his death, what the post mortem found, the statements of witnesses and a collision investigater bit like a questioning of them and we were allowed to ask questions of any of them if we wanted. Mum made a victim statement to the poliec that was read and we were shownt print ofs of where the crash happened and other things of relevance. The coroner will look at all the evidence and give her verdict.Its usually 1 of 4, natural causes, unlawful killing acidental death and i cant remember the final one.
To expand on what dance84 said it is not just next of kin that can attend. An inquest is public so anyone can attend.

Blondeshavemorefun Sun 29-May-11 07:56:10

sorry for your loss sad

my dh killed his self 6 weeks ago and his inquest is in a few weeks, it got cancelled from 1st date as the gp/policemen hadnt got their paperwork in hmm

i had to go and give evidence and was with the coroner for nearly 2 hours as she needed to know about his past medical history/depression etc

though in your mums case obv it is a different story as seems no main cause of death - which must be very distressing

yes an inquest is public and anyone can attend including reporters so sure in my dh case, his life story will be in the local paper, and dragging up all the bad things in his life angry

shelleylou Sun 29-May-11 09:38:14

Blondes sorry for your loss. An inquest is often opened and then adjourned without a date being set initially. Not sure why they do it that way. I hope reporters don't attend for you. We had them purely because ti was a road crash. I was lucky though as the reporter who covered it was a friend of mine from school so i knew she wouldnt sensationalize it.

Blondeshavemorefun Sun 29-May-11 11:07:15

all grief is public knowledge hmm

chimchar Sun 29-May-11 16:39:39

Sorry about your mum Plymouth. Sorry too for everyone elses losses.

My mum died nearly two years ago. There is a leaning tirades medical negligence as she was sent home from hospital with a bandage and died less than 15 hours later.

There was a post mortem, then an initial hearing to open the inquest officially. Nearly two years on and the inquest date has just been put back again as a specialist witness can't make it on the date given.

Try not to think about the inquest too much. Just get through each day. Thinking of you x

wild84 Mon 06-Jun-11 17:02:08

Chimchar. Thats sounds a bit like my mum. She was sent home from a local hospital. Within 2 hours she was in a coma and died within 2 days. I reassure myself with the fact that they probably couldn't have operated anyway. I will probably not attend inquest as its so far away but i will be requesting transcript. Sorry for everyones losses.

sh77 Wed 08-Jun-11 16:29:33

My DD passed away v suddenly a day after her birth. There was no cause of death at the time and so an inquest was ordered. I have to stay it was a very important occasion for bringing some sort of closure (if that is ever possible). We were given the chance to cross examine those involved in her care. The coroner was lovely and v sympathetic as were the docs who attended. It was a very difficult and draining experience (as were the days leading up to it). However, I am glad we had the chance to put across our questions.

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