Woman died after having two drinks on night out and collapsing in bar toilet

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A young woman died from a heart condition after collapsing on a night out with friends after drinking two alcoholic drinks and taking a small amount of cocaine.

Amanda Peake, who was in her early thirties, was found unresponsive at the KG Sports Bar in Barnsley after she went to use the toilets on September 18, 2021.

The inquest into her sudden death was held yesterday (August 8) and detailed how she was found collapsed by two people in the bar toilets.

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They called the emergency services who, along with police, cleared the scene and started CPR in a desperate bid to save her life.

The inquest heard how Amanda had been living with a heart condition and "could have passed away at any time". It is not clear if she knew she had a problem with her heart reports YorkshireLive.

Amanda, from Barnsley, was rushed to hospital but sadly, there was nothing the doctors could do to save her and she died an hour later at 1.54am. Assistant Coroner for South Yorkshire Tanyka Rawden said while the cocaine may have contributed to her death, it did not cause it.

The inquest heard how Amanda had struggled in the past with depression after experiencing financial difficulties. She had also taken overdoses in the past.

Recording a narrative verdict, Ms Rawden made it clear that while the cocaine contributed to her death, it did not cause it.

She said the pathologist had told her Amanda had been suffering from acute myocardial ischemia – a condition that reduces the heart’s ability to pump blood. She also had heart disease.

Ms Rawden said: "It feels wrong to say that this was a drug related death, because also, as the pathologist tells me, effectively Amanda could have passed away at any time, particularly if she was under any physical stress.

"So, although it has contributed to her death, the cocaine use hasn't directly caused her death."


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