Body of Limerick woman was found by her son at home

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Limerick Courthouse
A WOMAN whose body was found at her home in Moyross last year died from acute Pneumonia, an inquest into her death was told.

A WOMAN whose body was found at her home in Moyross last year died from acute Pneumonia, an inquest into her death was told.

The body of the 53-year-old was found by her son in the downstairs sitting room of their home shortly before 1pm on November 15, last.

During the inquest into the woman’s death, evidence was heard that when gardai arrived at the house they found the woman lying in an “unkempt” state of undress.

Insp Seamus Ruane said there was a lot of rubbish strewn on the floor around the woman - including take-away wrappings and pizza boxes.

He added that there was also a lot of dog faeces.

However, he said there was no evidence at the house which suggested there was anything suspicious about the woman’s death.

The jury of four women and two men was told the woman had complained to her son a number of hours earlier that she had a pain in her head.

Pathologist, Dr Vourneen Healy, said she found no evidence of a brain bleed and she added that she did not believe the headache had contributed to her death.

Dr Healy, who conducted a post mortem examination, said the woman’s right lung was very heavy and that the cause of death was due to heart and lung failure which had been caused by acute Pneumonia.

When asked by the coroner, John McNamara, if the Pneumonia was treatable, Dr Healy said it was very severe and would have required hospitalisation and intravenous antibiotics.

The jury returned a verdict of death by natural causes in accordance with the medical evidence.