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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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Barrow beautician died following chemotherapy, inquest hears

A BEAUTICIAN died from an infection and heart failure after chemotherapy, an inquest heard yesterday.

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Briony Hindle

Briony Hindle, 20, died at Furness General Hospital on August 11 with her parents at her bedside.

Miss Hindle had a rare bone cancer, osteosarcoma, and had been treated at The Christie Hospital, in Manchester, for nine months.

An inquest heard pathologist Dr Sanjeev Katti found the cause of death to be sepsis and chemotherapy-induced cardiomyopathy.

Miss Hindle started chemotherapy in November last year. She had two cycles before her cancer surgery in February, and four cycles after.

Dr Michael Leahy, a consultant medical oncologist at the Christie, said Miss Hindle became unwell after chemotherapy and had gone on to be admitted to Furness General Hospital after most cycles.

On occasions the dose of the powerful drugs was reduced. Miss Hindle had also been receiving a new drug to boost her immune system.

While at The Christie in July Miss Hindle had been suffering from low blood pressure, fluid retention and reduced cardiac function. She had a cardiology referral for September.

The inquest heard the chemotherapy drugs can have cardiac side effects, but that there is a 25 per cent survival rate for this condition with surgery but no chemotherapy.

Dr Leahy said: “It is unusual to see such an immediate drop in cardiac function. What is very unusual is how suddenly things went down.

“We were not expecting her to deteriorate so rapidly. When the body is fighting infection it puts additional stress on the heart.”

Mr Ian Smith, the South and East Cumbria coroner, said powerful drugs are used to combat this rare cancer and treatment for any illness can have side effects.

Mr Smith said: “Very sadly, it had a side effect on the heart and there was an infection she could not combat.

“The cardiomyopathy and sepsis combined took her life.”

Mr Smith recorded a narrative verdict saying that “Briony died from the unintended consequences of chemotherapy used to combat a terminal illness”.

Miss Hindle, of Highlands Avenue, Barrow, was a former St Bernard’s Catholic High School student who worked at the Paul French Salon.

He parents, Fiona and Paul Hindle, described her as “such a beautiful daughter” and their “angel”.

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