Distraught Limehouse mum died from alcohol, inquest hears

PUBLISHED: 14:33 11 June 2014 | UPDATED: 10:26 17 June 2014


A mother who died of a fatal buildup of alcohol and medication had been unable to cope after her children were taken into care, an inquest was told.

A mother who died of a fatal buildup of alcohol and medication had been unable to cope after her children were taken into care, an inquest was told.

Sana Miah, 34, of Newell Street, Limehouse, died at Whitechapel’s Royal London Hospital on March 8.

She had been admitted just a day earier after vomiting blood.

Consultant Dr Louella Vaughan told Poplar Coroner’s Court: “It was clear there was a history of excess alcohol consumption [and Ms Miah had been] previously drinking a litre of brandy a day.”

Dr Vaughan added Sana said she had cut her drinking to half a litre in the weeks leading up to her death as she felt unwell.

Her sister Sabina told the inquest, last Wednesday, Sana had talked of turning her life around just two weeks before she died.

Despite being able to control her drinking in the past, Sana’s grief at the death of her father two years ago, and having her children taken into care, triggered her habit again.

Sabina said: “She was a lively, outgoing person and very jolly. She went through dark stages where she let things get on top of her.

“She was very family-oriented. When they took her children into care, that’s what really killed her.”

A statement by Giles Leefield, Sana’s GP at Limehouse Practice, said she had struggled with drink and drugs for a decade.

She was also being treated for depression and schizophrenic psychosis.

The post mortem revealed Sana’s liver was so badly damaged it could no longer break down the combination of alcohol and hospital medication in her system.

In her verdict, coroner Mary Hassell said: “Sana died from a combination of mixed drug and ethanol toxicity and liver disease.

“Her death was alcohol and drug related; principally alcohol.”

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