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Saturday, 12 July 2014

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Carlisle man died after contracting e-coli

A man died following heart problems when he developed an e-coli infection, an inquest heard.

Graham Lamb, 32, lost his life at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle – with a postmortem examination revealing cardiac abnormalities.

Tests also revealed the presence of the e-coli bacteria.

Medical testimony said this could be linked to a bowel condition suffered by Mr Lamb, of Linstock, near Carlisle.

David Roberts, the north and west Cumbria coroner, heard evidence as the circumstances of Mr Lamb’s death – and the medical care he was given – was examined at the start of a three-day hearing.

An inquest into his death heard Mr Lamb had died within an hour after going to the hospital’s accident and emergency department on September 27, 2010.

The inquest heard Mr Lamb had seen doctors a number of times and was diagnosed with ulceritis colitis two weeks earlier.

A doctor made two home visits in the next nine days, during which he complained about back pain.

Dr Louise Dodgeon, of the Stanwix Medical Practice in Carlisle, told the inquest she “did not hear any abnormal heart sounds or chest sounds”.

The back pain, she said, “fitted with a mechanical back pain”.

A postmortem examination found abnormalities with heart valves.

Dr Fergus Young, a pathologist, gave evidence about the examination findings.

Mr Roberts asked him: “On the balance of probabilities, the damage to the heart valves are in your opinion due to a bacterial infection?”

Dr Young replied: “That is the most likely cause.”

The inquest heard e-coli lives in the colons of most people.

The hearing was also told the infection may have entered the blood stream because of damage or weakness to Mr Lamb’s colon because of the bowel condition.

A medical process carried out also carried the risk of damaging internal lining.

The inquest, at The Courts on English Street in Carlisle city centre, continues.

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