Doctors perplexed by death of healthy student (20)
Medical experts are baffled by the death of a healthy Limerick student who died in hospital 10 hours after being admitted for acute back pain.
A Cork coroner's inquest into the death of Denisse Dasco (20), a University College Cork student, returned an open verdict after hearing six experts in Ireland and the UK were unable to ascertain any precise cause of death.
Ms Dasco, who had no previous medical history, no injuries and was extremely fit, complained of a back issue after she had bent over while working as a waitress in Cork on April 20 last.
The young woman, from Raheen in Limerick, told doctors she felt "a click" in her back. She woke up in her apartment at 2am on April 21 with severe back pain and went to the Mercy University Hospital (MUH) at 10am.
Multiple tests including blood analysis, cardiac scans and an ultra-sound scan failed to indicate a precise cause. Ms Dasco complained at 9.45pm of dizziness, pains, nausea and breathlessness and went into cardiac arrest. She was pronounced dead at 10.40pm.
Assistant State pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster said it was a "most complex case".
"This whole case is so unusual from the clinical history to the pathology. We cannot pinpoint the cause of death."
MUH's Dr Adrian Murphy, who did not directly treat her, said: "In 15 years of clinical practice, I have never experienced a case like that of Ms Dasco."
Dr Bolster consulted with experts including Dr Sebastian Lucas, a world renowned consultant in London, but no precise cause of death could be found. The theories examined included a deep vein thrombosis or clot, sudden cardiac death syndrome and toxic shock syndrome.
Coroner Philip Comyn recorded an open verdict.