Norfolk

Andrea West death caused by cancer, not drug overdose

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Media captionA mother-of-six died of cervical cancer, not a morphine overdose as her family believed, a coroner has said.

A mother-of-six died of cervical cancer, not a morphine overdose as her family believed, a coroner has said.

Andrea West, 35, of Norwich, died five days after entering the Priscilla Bacon Lodge hospice in the city for treatment in 2012.

Her family believed she had been put on an end-of-life treatment plan.

But assistant coroner David Osborne said Mrs West had died of natural causes, and all drugs prescribed had been at "therapeutic levels".

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust had denied that Mrs West had been placed on the Liverpool Care Pathway end-of-life treatment plan.

Speaking after the inquest at Norwich Coroner's Court, Mrs West's family said several questions remained unanswered.

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