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Inquest hears 45st woman died after fall in bathroom

Mary MacMenamin
See coroner's court Feb 14 2014
Mary MacMenamin See coroner's court Feb 14 2014

Gareth Naughton

A 45-stone woman died after falling and becoming stuck in her bathroom, an inquest heard.

Mary MacMenamin (53) was pronounced dead at her home on Leighlin Road in Crumlin, Dublin 12, on December 9, 2012.

Speaking after the inquest into her death, her partner of 28 years, Gerry Doyle, said Ms McMenamin (pictured) had struggled with her weight.

"It's a really horrible thing to be obese, you know, and I literally did my best for her – I couldn't have done any more," he said.

"I loved her very, very much and I will love her forever," Mr Doyle said.

Dublin Coroner's Court heard that her death was due to a cardiac event caused by her awkward positioning after falling in the bathroom.

Mr Doyle told the inquest that his partner had struggled with her weight for many years resulting in a number of health complications including asthma and diabetes.

Ms MacMenamin took early retirement from her HSE job five years before her tragic fall.

She was not very mobile, he said, and in the year before her death stayed in bed most of the time.

At around 11.15am on the morning of her death, Ms MacMenamin called for help because her walking stick had become stuck in the door jamb of the bathroom. As Mr Doyle tried to help her, Ms MacMenamin fell to the floor and her leg became stuck.

She then became unconscious and Mr Doyle went to his neighbour Donna O'Reilly for help.

Ms O'Reilly said that Ms MacMenamin was slumped on the floor, face down to the side of the toilet and she called an ambulance.

Ms O'Reilly told the court that Ms MacMenamin had "really, really tried" to lose weight and at one point went on a programme in Tallaght Hospital where she lost six to seven stone. However, she put the weight back on and more, she said.

When paramedics arrived, they moved Ms MacMenamin to the bedroom, however, she was pronounced dead at 1.10pm.

The post-mortem operation was carried out at St James's Hospital by Dr Ramadan Shatwan who told the court that Ms MacMenamin weighed 286kg (45st 5lb) when she died and had a body mass index of 79.2.

He said there was evidence of asphyxia and the lungs were compressed as a result of pressure put on the diaphragm by the abdominal organs. The heart was also twice the normal weight, he said, which may have been a factor in the death.

Irish Independent

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