Coroner names latest patient to die at Royal Stoke after contracting Covid-19



An inquest has been opened into the death of a 74-year-old woman who lost her fight for life after contracting coronavirus.

Linda Richards was admitted to the Royal Stoke University Hospital and underwent surgery on April 27.

But she developed shortness of breath, tested positive for Covid-19, and passed away on May 17.

Now the inquest has been adjourned to a later date.

Latest figures show more than 300 patients have died from coronavirus at the Royal Stoke and Stafford’s County Hospital since the start of the pandemic.

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North Staffordshire assistant coroner Sarah Murphy said: “She had a Covid-19 swab due to the onset of shortness of breath. She had increasing oxygen demand.

“She was referred to palliative care and passed away. There is reason to suspect the death was unnatural due to the contribution of surgery to the death and therefore an inquest will be necessary. The family will be given a progress update in six weeks time.”

The cause of death includes Covid-19, bronchopneumonia, cardiac failure, diabetes and breast cancer.





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