Bicester teacher died of rare condition, inquest is told

Oxford Mail: Bicester teacher died of rare condition, inquest is told Bicester teacher died of rare condition, inquest is told

A TEACHER who complained of feeling unwell collapsed and died days later, an inquest heard on Wednesday.

Kamaljeet Bidwall was found dead at her home in Avocet Way, Bicester, on April 24 when police broke in after her concerned colleagues called them.

The inquest at Oxfordshire Coroner’s Court heard that it was likely the 36-year-old had died a day or so before she was discovered.

Her sister Lakhwinder Bidwall, who is also a teacher, visited Kamaljeet on the weekend before her death.

In a statement read to the court, Lakhwinder said she woke up on Sunday, April 21, to find her sister lying on the sofa and added: “She looked very tired and uncomfortable.

“She hadn’t eaten anything since Saturday evening.”

She bought Kamaljeet a packet of Rennies, used to treat indigestion.

Lakhwinder said: “On Monday I spoke with Kamaljeet via text. She explained she got some medication from Boots and felt much better. On Tuesday I texted Kamaljeet, but got no reply.”

Her cause of death was given as acute peritonitis, described by pathologist Dr Nicholas Hunt as a “rare gastric phenomenon.”

Oxfordshire Coroner Darren Salter recorded a verdict of death by natural causes.

It was not revealed at the inquest which school Ms Bidwall taught at.

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11:18am Mon 9 Dec 13

Rogeroverandout says...

Back in 1980 then aged 33 I developed peritonitis from an inflamed appendix whilst on holiday in Spain a few days after a food poisoning episode. It was several days before I flew back to the UK. I traveled back to Liverpool where I then lived and phoned up the GP who sent me straight to hospital. There I underwent on operation which drained the stinking pus from my body.
If I hadn't have had the operation there is no doubt in my mind that I would have died like this poor woman did.
I'm surprised she felt any relief from any medication as the pain in my gut was constant and I ran a temperature, my breath stank and the feeling of illness was overwhelming. I'm really sorry she didn't seek medical attention as the level of feeling unwell induced by this condition is quite overwhelming.
I'm not sure how rare this condition is as my then best friend suffered the same symptoms a couple of years later.
After reading this I feel lucky that I lasted as long as I did before the draining operation.
Back in 1980 then aged 33 I developed peritonitis from an inflamed appendix whilst on holiday in Spain a few days after a food poisoning episode. It was several days before I flew back to the UK. I traveled back to Liverpool where I then lived and phoned up the GP who sent me straight to hospital. There I underwent on operation which drained the stinking pus from my body. If I hadn't have had the operation there is no doubt in my mind that I would have died like this poor woman did. I'm surprised she felt any relief from any medication as the pain in my gut was constant and I ran a temperature, my breath stank and the feeling of illness was overwhelming. I'm really sorry she didn't seek medical attention as the level of feeling unwell induced by this condition is quite overwhelming. I'm not sure how rare this condition is as my then best friend suffered the same symptoms a couple of years later. After reading this I feel lucky that I lasted as long as I did before the draining operation. Rogeroverandout

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