Mother of six (60) killed by cattle stampede, inquest hears
A mother of six suffered fatal injuries when she was trampled by a herd of cattle at her family farm.
Lucy O'Connor (60) died in hospital after the cattle became spooked as she walked in a field.
Mrs O'Connor was accompanied by Sharon Trimble, her son's girlfriend, when the cattle ran towards them.
Ms Trimble suffered serious injuries, but survived the freak incident at the farm in Tuam, Kilrooskey, Co Roscommon last September. Mrs O'Connor, however, never regained consciousness. She was removed to Roscommon General Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.
Consultant Pathologist Dr Birgit Tietz told Mrs O'Connor's inquest in Ballaghaderreen yesterday that she had carried out a post-mortem examination on her body on September 26 last year. There was evidence of trauma all over Mrs O'Connor's body, the inquest was told.
She had abrasions and lacerations in several areas, while an ankle and collar bone were fractured.
There were several fractures of her lungs and a significant left lung laceration. There was a hemothorax - a collection of blood - in the chest cavity.
Dr Tietz concluded that the cause of death was cardio-respiratory failure due to laceration of the lung, with hemothorax, secondary to multiple rib fractures.
Roscommon County Coroner Desmond O'Connor asked if Mrs O'Connor would have had a lot of suffering. Dr Tietz replied that she would have been unconscious at the time.
Mrs O'Connor is survived by her husband, Patsy, five sons and a daughter.
The inquest was formally adjourned to allow evidence from other witnesses.