Pensioner died of a wasting syndrome

PUBLISHED: 17:01 24 January 2012


A WOMAN who weighed just four-and-a-half stone when was found dead in her Weston home had a history of self neglect.

Flax Bourton Coroners Court heard how 85-year-old Jane Hodgetts died in her armchair last September, of a wasting syndrome that causes irreversible malnutrition.

The pensioner, who lived in Oakford Avenue, was a heavy smoker and deputy assistant coroner Terence Moore said she had shown signs of anorexia nervosa.

She was known not to take care of herself, the court heard on January 19, and was found in her living room, weighing about half what she should have.

Mr Moore delivered a verdict that Ms Hodgetts died of wasting syndrome cachexia, which cannot be reversed when someone gets so severely underweight.

He said that had been contributed to by self-neglect.

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