Swine flu claims life of girl in fall horror

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A POPULAR young woman battling horrific injuries died after her body was unable to fight off the killer swine flu virus.

Beth Davies died last Thursday at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, just days after spending her 24th birthday critically ill in a hospital bed.

An inquest has revealed that Beth, a receptionist at Blackpool’s Holy Family Primary School, died of a respiratory infection after contracting swine flu.

She is the first reported victim of swine flu on the Fylde Coast.

Beth – described by her family as a “shining star” – was admitted to the hospital after falling from Blackpool bus station on New Year’s Eve, and hundreds of people are expected to attend her funeral tomorrow.

Speaking after the inquest was opened her dad, Tim Davies, said: “The hospital told us that among all the tests they did they discovered she had swine flu.

“The fact is Beth had some terrible injuries and septicemia which almost certainly would’ve meant that she didn’t recover in the end.

“The hospital warned us the first day there was a high risk she would contract some sort of infection.

“As far as we’re concerned the hospital gave her absolutely first-rate care and did everything they possibly could.”

Beth’s inquest was opened by Blackpool’s deputy coroner, Christopher Beverley, on Wednesday.

Coroner’s officer PC Helen Leeson told the court: “A post-mortem was carried out on Tuesday.

“The cause of death was 1a) respiratory infection with sepsis due to 1b) H1N1 infection, swine flu, due to 1c) multiple injuries.”

The former Lytham St Annes High School pupil’s funeral is due to be held at Church Road Methodist Church, St Annes, at 1.30pm tomorrow.

Hundreds of cards have arrived at the family home, on Knowles Road, St Annes, and mourners are expected to pack the church to pay tribute to Beth, with everyone asked to dress in pink - her favourite colour.

It is not known how many people on the Fylde coast have been battling swine flu.

Both NHS Blackpool and Blackpool Teaching Hospital’s NHS Trust have declined to give figures to The Gazette.

However, a flu bulletin released by the Health Protection Agency shows that 113 people per 100,000 of the population visited their doctor last week with flu-like symptoms in Blackpool.