Heavy drinking caused death of Bourton-on-the-Water housewife
11:00am Sunday 20th January 2013 in Cotswolds news
A HOUSEWIFE with a history of heavy drinking died of liver disease, an inquest in Gloucester has heard.
Christine Dos Santos, of Kingsmeadow, Bourton-on-the-Water, died on June 30 last year in Cheltenham General Hospital.
The inquest was told that the 49-year-old spent six weeks in an intensive treatment in 2011 with respiratory and acute renal failure.
In a statement, her GP, Dr Paul Johnson, said Mrs Dos Santos failed to attend follow-up appointments for treatment. On May 24, she was readmitted to hospital with breathing difficulties and was incoherent.
Her condition slowly deteriorated and she died on June 30.
Pathologist Dr Chandima de Cates, who carried out a post mortem examination, determined the cause of death as decompensated cirrhosis of the liver caused by chronic alcohol abuse against a background of pancreatitis and small bowel tissue death.
Gloucestershire assistant deputy coroner Tom Osborne said: "In view of the circumstances of her history, I record that she has died as a result of natural causes."