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

12:00
Body Limits owner Abs Bichri and manager Peter Wilkins in the gym which has been forced to move premises due to their lease not being renewed

After three decades of toning physiques - including that of a former Mr Universe - a St Albans gym has had to vacate a historic building earmarked for redevelopment.

Yesterday, 18:00
CW Plant Hire in Harpenden has recently undergone expansion.

A family company which has shown its loyalty to Harpenden by keeping its head office in the town for nearly four decades has revamped its local base, with hopes to expand.

Yesterday, 12:00
St Albans Abbey

A ballot giving away thousands of free tickets for attractions across Herts next month is now open.

Yesterday, 06:00
Aylett's Arctic Cake Factory

Rinsing, drying and counting thousands of coins was not too onerous for staff at a local garden centre - because the cash was all for charity.

Most read stories

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the The Herts Advertiser e-edition E-edition