Woman with skin condition died naturally

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A 76-YEAR-OLD woman who suffered from a painful skin condition, died at Eastbourne DGH, an inquest has heard.

Joyce Cousins, of Millard Road, Pevensey Bay, passed away on January 18 and an inquest into her death was held at Eastbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday afternoon (July 19).

Coroner Alan Craze was told that Mrs Cousins suffered from a skin condition which caused ulcers on her legs which were difficult to treat. She got the first ulcers in 2008 and they healed after a long period of time. However, they came back in August 2011 and became more enlarged.

Sylvie Hampton, a consultant from the Wound Healing Centre, said, “She was in huge pain.”

Mrs Hampton saw Mrs Cousins shortly before her death and said she felt she needed to be admitted to hospital. Mrs Cousins’ GP was informed and following an appointment with a dermatologist she was admitted to Eastbourne DGH where she died the same day.

Jane Mercer, the pathologist who carried out the post mortem, said the ulcers had led to septicaemia and pneumonia which caused Mrs Cousins’ death.

Her husband of 55 years, John Cousins, gave evidence at the inquest and explained he and his wife enjoyed yachting, were founding members of the yacht club and had several boats at Sovereign Harbour.

The family raised concerns about Mrs Cousins’ skin condition not being diagnosed until 2011. They felt if it had been diagnosed in 2008 it would have made a difference.

However, Alan Craze said, “The dice were cast a week or two before her death.”

He recorded a verdict of death by natural causes.