Personal injury killed woman in remission
An inquest in December 2010 into five separate medical cases of personal injury in the Dudley area, near Birmingham in 2007, has highlighted the possibility that cooling towers in the vicinity were to blame for one of the victim's deaths after contracting a serious illness.
A 51-year-old woman, who was recovering from non Hodgkin's lymphoma, is now thought to have died due to Legionnaires' disease, which is carried in infected standing water.
Her son described how even three years after his mother passed away, "it's very difficult to come to terms with Mum's death" and now that the illness which claimed her life has been investigated, and found to be separate to her lymphoma, her son added that he and the rest of the family, "are convinced that if she hadn't contracted Legionnaires' she would still be with us today."
The inquest found that there was indeed another medical condition which contributed to her worsening health and eventual death.
Although cooling towers were suspected by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) as being the source of the Legionnaires' disease, a spokesperson said, "No specific source was confirmed and the suspected outbreak was declared over in early September 2007." For the victim's family, this is likely to mean that a compensation claim cannot be made.
There have been no more outbreaks of the illness in Dudley since 2007 and no one has been found liable for the Legionnaires-related death but the personal injury suffered by the woman who caught it so close to recovering from another serious illness, is likely to be remembered by her friends and family for a very long time.