Death of “quite fit and well” Harpenden woman a mystery

07:00 11 June 2010

Coroners Court stock image

Coroners Court stock image

Archant

A WOMAN who mysteriously died at her Harpenden home was “quite fit and well” in the moments before her death, an inquest heard this week.

Vanessa Bellamy, 39, of Manland Avenue, retired to bed at around 9pm on April 7 complaining of fatigue. A couple of hours later, her husband Adam discovered her collapsed and unconscious on the bedroom floor.

Mrs Bellamy, who was cold to the touch, was transferred by ambulance to Queen Elizabeth II hospital in Welwyn Garden City, where she was pronounced dead shortly after midnight.

Mrs Bellamy had a history of blackouts and had previously been referred to a neurologist for her dizzy spells. But aside from a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome and a prescription for antidepressants, no doctor could find anything wrong with her.

Giving evidence at the inquest on Tuesday, consultant pathologist Dr Rajiv Swamy, who carried out Mrs Bellamy’s post mortem, said that he discovered nothing more than a small bruise to her left temple, some aspirated food in her lungs and some blood in the fatty tissue of her right lung.

But he said that none of his findings were significant enough to contribute towards a cause of death, and that he could find no correlation between the drugs Mrs Bellamy was taking and the state of her health: “I found no evidence of disease or trauma and so basically what we have is a natural cause of death and no known reason as to why. I know it’s not a robust enough answer for the family she left behind, but unfortunately in some cases we simply do not know what happens.”

Herts coroner Ed Thomas agreed with Dr Swamy and recorded a verdict of death by natural causes as a result of sudden adult death syndrome.

0 comments

More news stories

55 minutes ago
Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden

The growing needs of busy film and TV studios in Borehamwood and Leavesden could be catered for alongside housing at the former Radlett Airfield, says a local politician.

12:00
King Edward Place residents (back L-R) Guy Morton-Smith, Colin Willsher and John Wackett (front L-R) Dorothy Wackett and Sheila Peters stand at the entrance to the private road where parking is causing problems for access to the houses.

A group of neighbours are taking action after fire fighters struggled to reach an elderly resident.

Roundwood Park school

Campaigners fighting for an artificial sports pitch to be installed at a Harpenden secondary school have finally scored the winning goal.

Freddie Knoller - photo courtesy Holocaust Educational Trust.

A Holocaust survivor will tell his remarkable story at a special commemoration in St Albans next Wednesday, January 25.

CountryPhile

BBC Farming Today's Charlotte Smith is chairing the Rothamsted forum. Photo courtesy @charlottebsmith/Twitter

A BBC presenter, who describes herself as being a ‘radio nerd’ since a teenager, is chairing a major agricultural event in Harpenden

Digital Edition

Image
Read the The Herts Advertiser e-edition E-edition
Zoo Watch CountryPhile

St Albans Sinkhole News

Saturday, December 31, 2016
Re-opening of Fontmell Close, St Alban's, AL3 5HU after repairs following a sinkhole.
Left to right: Mayor Frances Leonard cutting the ribbon with residents Ben Bagshaw and his son Finley Bagshaw 14 months old

With stories covering the likes of Bowie, Brexit, the BID, Butterfly World, The Brickyard and the Berlin Wall, it certainly hasn’t been a quiet year for the Herts Advertiser.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Most read stories

Local business directory

Hertfordshire's trusted business finder
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Most commented stories

Herts Most Wanted Herts Business Awards