A young mum died after taking her friend’s heart medication, an inquest heard.
Avid motorbike enthusiast Lindsey Rebecca Moore, who lived in Helmshore in Rossendale, died at the Royal Blackburn Hospital on December 16 of last year. The mum-of-two was just 27.
At an inquest held at Ribble Valley Town Hall in Clitheroe, the coroner, Dr James Adeley, heard that Miss Moore had been born in Scunthorpe on February 25 in 1992.
The family moved to Rochdale around 15 years ago when her “behaviour changed’, the coroner said.
The coroner addressed all witnesses at the start of the inquest and told them he did not want “the names of any drug dealers given in court”.
Miss Moore’s mum Karyn Moore confirmed her daughter had been friends with the young girls who were sexually abused in Rochdale between 2008 and 2010.
“Lindsey stated she wasn’t directly involved but she knew of the situation and the girls involved and she did associate with them but Lindsey denied anything of that nature had happened to her,” her mum said.
“The police did speak to Lindsey several times but she denied being involved. She was in contact with older men and was part of the police investigation though.”
The inquest heard Lindsey suffered from acute asthma as well as a lung disease similar to cystic fibrosis. She also had compartment syndrome for which she was treated with morphine.
Miss Moore described how her daughter’s two children had been taken into care which led to her mental health issues.
Her mum said: “She was a fantastic mum and she loved the two girls dearly.
“When they were taken away that was it for Lindsey; she had nothing left to live for.”
Dr Adeley said he was aware Lindsey had taken a number of overdoses and harmed herself during periods as an inpatient at a secure mental health unit.
The coroner asked Miss Moore’s mum if she believed her daughter had intended to take her own life.
“That was the problem with Lindsey; she came across as believable but months later she would say she didn’t mean to do it,” her mum said.
Friend Dominic Moore said Lindsey and her friend, Jennifer Doolin, had been at his flat in Haslingden the night before Lindsey died.
Lindsey and Miss Doolin had gone out at around 12.30am in the early hours of December 16 in order to get some cash to buy drugs.
However, they had been unable to get the cash and “Lindsey was quite upset because her money hadn’t gone in her bank, she was in debt and worried about violence if she didn’t pay money to her dealer”, Mr Edwards said.
Mr Edwards later went to bed but was woken in the morning by Miss Doolin who told him Lindsey had taken some of his medication from a locked box.
“I knew how dangerous it was; Lindsey came in and snatched the phone off me while I was ringing an ambulance and I said ‘you’re going to die, they will stop your heart’,” Mr Edwards said.
The witness added that he believed Lindsey had broken into his medication box using a screwdriver.
Miss Doolin, from Rossendale, had been called to give evidence at the inquest but failed to turn up.
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In a statement read out during the inquest Miss Doolin told police that Lindsey had been “screaming and crying” and “talking about losing her children”.
“She started to lose it.”
Miss Doolin said Lindsey later told her she had taken a number of tablets.
“I tried to get her to make herself sick and stuck my fingers down her throat,” Miss Doolin said in her statement.
The ambulance arrived but Lindsey refused to go to hospital. Later paramedics were called to Lindsey’s home where Miss Doolin managed to get inside and found her friend unconscious.
“She was slumped down next to the bed, face down and not responding,” Miss Doolin said in her statement.
Paramedic Lee Ellis said: “She was slumped half on and off the bed in a reduced level of consciousness.”
The paramedic said he could tell “just by looking at (Lindsey) that she was critically ill”.
He could hear her wheezing which sounded like “a narrowing of the airwaves in the chest” consistent with asthma.
The coroner, who previously worked as a medical doctor, added that the medication should not be given to asthmatics.
Lindsey was given adrenaline and an IV drip was attached. Her heart rate increased “slightly but went back down again”.
At 10.20am Lindsey went into cardiac arrest and CPR was initiated. Lindsey’s heart was re-started and she was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Tests conducted after Lindsey’s death found she had “higher than therapeutic levels’ of the medication in her system. A CT scan revealed she had rib fractures consistent with CPR having been carried out in an attempt to revive her.
There was also evidence of cocaine use “which would have a detrimental effect on the heart and its ability to work”.
Miss Moore’s body was identified at 2.30pm on the day she died by PC Ryan Nolan who used her hospital wristband to identify the body.
Her family agreed they wanted to hear evidence from Miss Doolin before the inquest was concluded.
Dr Adeley ordered that a uniformed police officer serve a summons on Miss Doolin.
“The officer is to warn her she will be arrested if she doesn’t attend,” he added.
The inquest is due to resume on Thursday November 26 at 2pm.
After Miss Moore’s death her mum paid tribute to “such a beautiful young lady”.
“She really wanted to help people and could completely understand where they were coming from.
“She would do anything for anybody. She loved mixing with the mature students and loved going to college. When she was happy and well she lived life to the full.”