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Father and sister with unanswered questions following death of family member from Stowmarket who was being cared for at West Suffolk Hospital




A father and sister have told an inquest they have unanswered questions about the death of a family member after raising concerns over the care she received at a hospital.

Lianne Wright, of Bury Road, Stowmarket, died at West Suffolk Hospital on November 9 last year after being admitted in August and spending months under observation.

The 43-year-old delivery driver suffered from a series of medical conditions including severe asthma, Fibromyalgia and diabetes, the inquest at Suffolk Coroner's Court, in Ipswich, was told on Friday.

A father and sister have told an inquest they have unanswered questions about the death of a family member after raising concerns over the care she received at a hospital. Picture: Mark Westley.
A father and sister have told an inquest they have unanswered questions about the death of a family member after raising concerns over the care she received at a hospital. Picture: Mark Westley.

The court heard how Ms Wright had had hundreds of interactions with her GP and a doctor's report stated she suffered from mental health problems, although they were never officially diagnosed.

The court heard how Ms Wright may have suffered from anxiety brought on by the series of medical problems she faced.

A few days before she died, Ms Wright took a fall.

Suffolk Coroners Court, in Ipswich. Picture: Mark Westley.
Suffolk Coroners Court, in Ipswich. Picture: Mark Westley.

Senior coroner Nigel Parsley gave the provisional medical cause of death as abdominal haemorrhage and a fall.

However, Ms Wright's sister, Rachel Cracknell, and father, Melvin Wright, who were at the inquest last week, shared concerns over the treatment Ms Wright received and whether more could have been done to keep her alive.

Mr Wright said his daughter had told him she had not been seen enough by medical staff.

Mrs Cracknell shared concerns a CT scan, which might have shown internal damage to her sister following the fall, was not carried out.

Ms Wright died on November 9 last year. Picture: Mark Westley.
Ms Wright died on November 9 last year. Picture: Mark Westley.

"My sister said she did not have people go in and see her very often," she said.

"I would send her messages the whole time to keep her mood up."

Mrs Cracknell added: "Can you actually say there was no neglect there?"

Mr Parsley said Ms Wright's case was very complex and because of the multitude of problems she faced, when doctors treated her for one ailment, it had a knock-on effect on something else.

He noted Ms Wright was so weakened by her series of issues, she did not have the 'physiological resolve' to fight all of them.

He also said it was easy, with the benefit of hindsight, to look back and see how if certain actions were taken, Ms Wright may not have died.

However, he acknowledged it was clear both Mrs Cracknell and Mr Wright had questions 'that still need answering' and adjourned the inquest until September 28.

Mr Parsley said it would give the doctor who saw Ms Wright after her fall time to prepare a report and answers to any questions Mrs Cracknell and Mr Wright may have.

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