Woman overdoses on cocaine and dies weeks before she was due for kidney transplant from her husband
A postmortem examination carried out on her revealed that Emma had traces of cannabis in her system, as well as 18 micrograms of cocaine per milliliter of blood.
A seriously-ill woman died of a cocaine binge just weeks before she was due to have a life-changing kidney transplant from her husband, according to a recent inquest. Emma Carolan had been a patient of crippling renal disease for two decades and was supposed to receive a kidney from her husband, Daniel.
According to the inquest, Emma had to undergo a kidney transplant as a teenager and needed constant dialysis to survive. But just a month before her life-altering kidney transplant operation, the 33-year-old was found dead on her bathroom floor at her former home in Portsmouth.
It was revealed at a hearing at Portsmouth Coroner's Court that Emma was a frequent drug user, and both she as well as her husband Daniel both used to take drugs together. Emma's body was found by her husband on the morning of July 22, Portsmouth Coroner's Court heard.
Even though paramedics were called to the scene at the time, they pronounced Emma dead on arrival. A police investigation on the matter subsequently revealed no suspicious injuries, with detectives completely ruling out the possibility that her death could have been caused by someone else.
A postmortem examination carried out on her revealed that Emma had traces of cannabis in her system, as well as 18 micrograms of cocaine per milliliter of blood. Pathologist Dr. Brett Lockyer, who conducted the examination, said that the heavy drug use had taken a toll on Emma's already-weakened body.
Lockyer said, "Mrs. Carolan was not a well woman with multiple pathologies identified at autopsy which included an enlarged heart with left ventricular hypertrophy together with evidence of acute lung injury, kidney and heart failure. The cumulative use of cocaine has played a significant role in the cause of her death."
While giving a statement in court, Daniel Carolan said he had been completely unaware that his wife had recently taken drugs and on the day of her death. However, he admitted frankly that, "We used to party all the time. It was no secret we used to go out and do cocaine. But the last time we did it together was a long time ago; it was New Year's Eve 2017."
A heartbroken Nick McKeown, Emma's father, spoke out about the death of his 'fun-loving' daughter in a bid to highlight the fatal consequences of drug abuse. He said: "By taking drugs, the final ultimate price you could pay is with your life. But before it gets to that it could destroy what life and relationships you have. The cocaine had taken over to such a great extent that even with the possibility of another transplant looming neither Emma nor Daniel thought of the deadly consequence taking drugs could have."