North Dublin woman still looking for answers after spilled tea leads to mother's death

A grieving Dublin woman said she is still in shock that her elderly mother died from spilling a cup of tea.

Daphne Anderson (91) - originally from Glasnevin - died from sepsis, which she contracted in hospital while being treated for scalding injuries.

Daphne's daughter Audrey told The Herald that her mother had been fit and active prior to the injury.

She said: "My mother was fit and in good health. I can't believe that spilling a cup of tea could have killed her.

"If she had dropped dead of a heart attack it would have been a shock and naturally it would have been sad.

"But when you drop a cup of tea in your lap you don't expect to die.

"Mam went into hospital a healthy elderly woman. She walked two miles a day without a stick or stopping for a rest.

"She was a vibrant woman. She had more energy than I had."

Audrey said she is still looking for answers as to how her mother died.

An inquest into Daphne's death was held in March.

At the inquest, it was suggested that being given antibiotics might have contributed her death.

Daphne had been out for lunch when the accident occurred in November 2015.

She accidentally spilled tea on herself while Audrey had left the table to go to the bank.

Daphne didn't tell Audrey what had happened until the following morning.

"She woke me next morning and we were having breakfast, but she struggled to get up and I thought there was something wrong," said Audrey.

"I took her blood pressure and it was low."

Daphne was admitted to the Bon Secours Hospital before being transferred to the burns unit in St James's Hospital the following day.

She was put on antibiotics but her health deteriorated and she died on December 18.

At the inquest, Audrey's legal team suggested that a verdict of death by medical misadventure or hospital-contracted be recorded.

They said they felt her death was brought on by being administered antibiotics which put her at a greater risk of contracting the superbug C Diff.

Dr Myra Cullinane recorded a narrative verdict.

Audrey's legal team are continuing to investigate the circumstances of Daphne's death.

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