Inquest hears of honeymoon death

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A NEWLY married 26-year-old woman died in Mexico on her honeymoon, an inquest has heard.

Sarah Finnis, of Westerham Road, passed away in a hospital in Cancun after becoming ill while in a jacuzzi with her new husband Richard Finnis.

Mrs Finnis died on May 23, 2010 and an inquest into her death was held at Eastbourne Magistrates Court on September 22.

Deputy coroner Joanna Pratt was told Mrs Finnis had a long history of health problems including rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis.

Richard Finnis said the couple’s wedding and Mexican honeymoon had already been postponed for six months but they both wanted to tie the knot, despite her illness.

The day before they were due to fly out to their romantic getaway, Mrs Finnis was taken into hospital after becoming ill while out shopping.

Mr Finnis said, “There was an option to stay at the hospital but Sarah was adamant she wanted to go on honeymoon.”

The couple enjoyed 10 days in Mexico before Mrs Finnis became ill.

“She was fine,” said Richard. “She was starting to unwind and we were just chilling out.”

However, on May 22 the couple were in the jacuzzi in their hotel room when Mrs Finnis became unresponsive.

She was rushed to hospital but wasn’t treated until Mr Finnis, who was struggling with the language barrier, signed a Spanish form to say he would pay for her treatment.

She was then taken into intensive care where she later died with her husband by her side.

Richard said, “I held her hand for about five minutes and then she just went and I knew that was the end.

“Afterwards I covered her over and I took her glasses off for the last time.”

Mr Finnis told the coroner he provided the Mexican doctors with a list of her medication, which he kept while abroad in case of emergencies, but he explained he felt they were secretive and he couldn’t understand most of what they were saying.

Mrs Finnis’ mother Anne Hallett said, “She was under a lot of pressure to get married and go on honeymoon.

“I didn’t think she was well enough to go on the honeymoon and I asked her to postpone it.

“I admire her for it – to go ahead with it – I admire both of them. I understand they wanted to go for it.”

Despite many attempts, the Mexican hospital or authorities supplied no information to the UK Foreign Office or the coroner.

Mrs Pratt said it was ‘frustrating’ there was no information from Mexico and recorded an open verdict.