or CFS directly, but rather from associated complications. This is an
important difference in science and medicine even though in human
terms it means little because the end result is what is more
important. For example, in terms of science, no one dies directly from
AIDS, they die from AIDS-related diseases and conditions. Or when
someone dies from a gunshot wound the actual death is from the
specific associated trauma. If it were the bullet that was the actual
cause of death then everyone who had ever been shot would die - and
that doesn't happen.
Letchworth 20-year-old's sudden death caused by dysfunctional immune system
By Nick Gill
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
A CORONER investigating the death of a 20-year-old woman who died
suddenly in her bed has recorded a verdict of natural causes.
An inquest into the death of Tara Morgan was held today (Tuesday),
after she was found dead at her home in Abbotts Road, Letchworth GC,
in September last year.
Speaking at Hatfield Coroner's Court, deputy coroner Graham Danbury
described the situation when Tara was found dead by her two brothers,
James and Aaron, on Sunday, September 4, 2011.
He said: "There was no response when she was called a few times. Both
of her brothers went to get her up and they found her in bed. The
ambulance service arrived but were unable to revive Tara, who was
pronounced dead on their arrival and probably had been for some time."
The former Woolgrove and The Valley school pupil was taken to Lister
Hospital where her death was recorded.
Dr Rajiv Swamy, consultant pathologist for the North and East
Hertfordshire Trust, said her death was probably caused by a
dysfunctional immune system, after Tara had been unwell for a couple
of weeks prior to her death.
Tara, who was born with a learning disability, had a history of
headaches, muscle aches, joint pains and a bloating of the abdomen.
"There is a history of being unwell for some time without a proper
robust reason," said Dr Swamy.
He also said a toxicology revealed that fluid had gathered in fluid
sacs in the lungs, with white blood cells and blood found.
"A parasitic infection would have triggered an allergic reaction and
this is probably the reason we had a lot of white cells," said Dr
He added that Tara's death could be related to chronic fatigue
syndrome, a disorder defined by persistent fatigue.
Tara's mother, Amanda Lovering, sobbed during the inquest and said "I
could have stopped it" after hearing about the presence of lice.
But responding, Dr Swamy said: "I want to reassure you that with the
lice infection the body did respond to it appropriately. I do not
believe that was the direct cause of her death.
"It has affected the immune system but that had been dysfunctional for
quite some time. I'm at a loss other than this possibility to explain
what happened to your daughter."
Summing up, Mr Danbury said: "This is a case of something in the body
going wrong over quite some time. In the light of what Dr Swamy has
told us, I will record a verdict in respect to the death of Tara as
respiratory and cardiac arrest due to autonomic neuropathy."
Tara, an avid Luton Town supporter, had been studying child care at
North Hertfordshire College at the time of her death.