Saturday, 25 September 2021

Brownie leader died from hypoglycemia

A DIABETES sufferer died from hypoglycemia, an inquest heard.

A DIABETES sufferer died from hypoglycemia, an inquest heard.

Claire Armitage, 27, was found lying face-down in bed at her home in Farleigh Mews, Caversham Park Village, by her mother Jane on January 28.

Paramedics and police were called but Ms Armitage was pronounced dead at the scene.

The mother-of-two, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 15, had been fitted with an insulin pump to her hip in April last year after a history of hypoglycaemia attacks, Reading Coroners? Court heard today (Tuesday).

Berkshire coroner Peter Bedford recorded a narrative verdict, in which he said an analysis of data downloaded from the pump provided ?compelling evidence? that Ms Armitage had died following another hypoglycaemia attack.

He said: ?There was no apparent malfunction in the operation of the pump itself nor in its use by Claire herself.?

Dr Gearoid Kingston, a pathologist, took 36 insulin readings and said 10 were below the normal amount and nine were above.

He said snacking the previous night led to the fluctuation in her blood glucose, particularly the lower readings, and would have killed her.

Mrs Armitage, of Shiplake Bottom, Peppard, said her daughter, a brownie leader, was ?well-liked in the community? and agreed with the verdict.

?We understand why the coroner had to give a narrative verdict - it seems right to us,? she said.

* For the full story, pick up a copy of this week?s Henley Standard

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