Woman died in theatre after pills overdose

PUBLISHED: 13:30 28 June 2012


A WOMAN who took an overdose of painkillers was not trying to take her own life, a coroner has said.

Christie Wines, aged 40, of Bransby Road, Weston, died on the operating table on November 19 last year after being admitted to Weston General Hospital after swallowing the pills.

Flax Bourton Coroners Court heard on June 20 how Ms Wines had a history of alcoholism and had taken painkillers to replace the effects of drink, taking 16 tablets a day.

Ms Wines had been admitted to hospital several times since 2007 and had been prescribed different drugs, including co-codamol for her knee joints, and on one occasion she contracted an infection.

On November 16, she had a doctor’s appointment and was going to go with a member of her family.

Ms Wines was found collapsed on the floor by family members in her home that day and missed the appointment.

She was too weak to get up and when an ambulance was called, she told paramedics she had taken extra amounts of painkillers.

After being admitted to hospital and put in intensive care, Ms Wines’ family was told she needed surgery for an inflamed colon caused by the overdose.

They were told her chances of surviving the operation were slim and that, if she did, she would need a colostomy bag.

The court heard how Ms Wines had been making plans for the future and had bought a new top for her daughter’s upcoming birthday, as well as buying Christmas decorations.

The court also heard she had been making progress with alcohol support counsellors after a suicide attempt in July 2011.

The history of alcohol abuse and taking co-codamol led to her body developing liver damage and a sensitivity to painkillers such as paracetamol, a doctor’s report stated.

Assistant Deputy Coroner Dr Peter Harrowing said that without the surgery for her bowel problems ‘it is inevitable that Christie would have died’.

He said: “Christie had a history of alcohol abuse and taking drugs. However, while she may have taken an overdose on this occasion I am not satisfied she intended to take her own life.”

Dr Harrowing then recorded a narrative verdict.

He said: “Christie Wines died during necessary surgery following a paracetamol overdose.”

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