A HEARTBROKEN family has launched an investigation into the death of their mother after an inquest heard how she died of a condition that is often related to exposure to asbestos.
Chesterfield coroner’s court heard, on Thursday, April 11, how Linda Christine Hunt, 66, of Church Street, Creswell, died after a post-mortem examination found a malignant mesothelioma tumour which, according to pathologist Dr Andrew Hitchcock, is a condition that can be caused by exposure to asbestos in 95per cent of cases.
Ms Hunt’s relatives opted to adjourn the inquest to try and establish what may have caused the mesothelioma which they fear may have been triggered by exposure to asbestos at a former family home.
Following the hearing, daughter Joanne Lowde said: “We just want to know where mum got this horrible disease from and if we can find this out this information may help other people.
“She was so strong and brave throughout and we never even knew what was wrong with her until it was too late and now we just want to try and find out exactly what caused this disease.”
Ms Hunt, a former warden for the elderly, also suffered with osteoporosis and ischaemic heart disease and she was diagnosed with mesothelioma after she was admitted to hospital and sadly became ill and died on December 6, 2012.
A post-mortem examination revealed emphysema, pneumonia and a wide-spread, inoperable tumour on the right side of her chest which fitted with a malignant mesothelioma.
Dr Hitchcock gave the cause of death as mesothelioma. He said he did not find asbestos fibres in the lung tissue or any features supporting any exposure to asbestos and concluded there was no evidence to suggest Ms Hunt’s mesothelioma was asbestos-related.
However, he explained that 95per cent of mesothelioma cases are said to be caused by exposure to asbestos and five per cent are found not to be asbestos-related where it has not been possible to demonstrate any relationship to asbestos.
North Derbyshire Deputy Coroner Nigel Anderson adjourned the inquest for a date to be fixed to allow Ms Hunt’s family, who are in discussions with solicitors, to make further enquiries regarding any possible causal links to their late mother’s fatal condition.