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Asthma victim could not give address to ambulance

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: April 23, 2012

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A WOMAN who suffered a fatal asthma attack at home was too short of breath to tell the emergency services where she was.

Karon Arrowsmith, 50, had a history of asthma and used a Ventolin inhaler to manage her condition, Cannock Coroner’s Court heard on Thursday.

The day before her death she had complained to a work colleague of shortness of breath.

The next morning, January 26, she called for an ambulance to attend her home at Mill Lane, Acton Trussell, pathologist Dr Paul Hiley said.

“Due to shortness of breath she was unable to give her address. They found her in respiratory failure after using mobile phone information. Despite intervention from paramedics she died at 8.01am,” Dr Hiley said.

Ms Arrowsmith’s cause of death was given as an acute asthma attack. South Staffordshire Coroner Andrew Haigh recorded a verdict of death by natural causes.

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