A DOCTOR told the Evelyn Joel trial that she was a woman "determined to stay in the family home" despite suffering from a progressive disease.
The 59-year-old, who had multiple sclerosis, died six days after she was taken by ambulance from her daughter's home in Enniscorthy to Wexford General Hospital on January 7, 2006.
Mrs Joel's daughter, Eleanor Joel (38), and son-in-law, Jonathan Costen (40), have both pleaded not guilty to her unlawful killing by neglect.
The couple, who live at Cluain Dara, Enniscorthy, appeared before Wexford Circuit Criminal Court yesterday where they are on trial in relation to Evelyn Joel's death.
Wexford General Hospital consultant Dr Colm Quigley, who treated Mrs Joel over a period of time, said Mrs Joel was "a very independent lady".
The trial before Judge Sean O Donnabhain continues.