Mystery over Chesterfield woman's death

A coroner has said ‘it is not possible’ to establish why a Chesterfield woman’s ventilator machine became inoperative – resulting in her death.

Monday, 8th March 2021, 10:49 am

Annette Booker, who suffered from motor neurone disease, sadly passed away at her home on St Johns Road, Newbold.

The 51-year-old’s inquest concluded at Chesterfield Coroner’s Court on Friday.

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The inquest took place at Chesterfield Coroner's Court, which is located within the town hall.
The inquest took place at Chesterfield Coroner's Court, which is located within the town hall.

Peter Nieto, area coroner, told the inquest: “Annette Booker died at her home address on December 22, 2016, due to the effects of lack of oxygen caused by her non-invasive ventilator machine being inoperative.

“She had poor respiratory function due to the advance of motor neurone disease which had been diagnosed in August 2016 and she depended on her ventilator machine to assist breathing.

“On the evidence, Annette Booker's condition had deteriorated markedly during the last five to six weeks of her life: she was bedbound unless transferred by hoist and was dependent on carers for all aspects of daily living.

“Annette Booker’s life expectancy was very limited by December 2016; however, it is unlikely she would have died when she did but for her non-invasive ventilator machine becoming inoperative at some point between the evening of December 21, 2016, and the morning of December 22, 2016.

“It is not possible to determine on the balance of probabilities why her ventilator machine became inoperative.”

Mr Nieto recorded a narrative conclusion – which is a factual statement of the circumstances surrounding someone’s death.

An inquest is a public judicial inquiry to find the answers to a limited but important set of questions: who the deceased was; when and where they died; the medical cause of their death; and how they came by their death.