Katie could not just live her life

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Mother’s sadness at daughter’s undiagnosed suffering.

The reasons why a horse riding instructor’s organs stopped working remains a mystery, an inquest ruled.

Katie Wilcock, of Heskin near Chorley, was taken to Wigan Infirmary having collapsed following a dizzy spell at home when she was suffering from severe vomitting and diarrhoea.

She died the following day.

Bolton assistant deputy coroner Geoffrey Saul recorded a narrative verdict, citing multiple organ failure as the cause of death.

But, despite in-depth reports from a number of consultants who looked after the 26-year-old in relation to a catalogue of symptoms in the months before her death, no-one could say for sure why her organs stopped working.

The inquest heard how Katie, who studied floristry at Wigan and Leigh College, had been in and out of hospital with abdominal pain, facial and joint swelling and an itchy rash since January last year.

Katie was initially diagnosed with septicaemia and kidney injuries and an ECG revealed her heart was not pumping correctly.

Doctors also said she was suffering from blood-clotting.

Dr Wael Khalaf, consultant anaesthetist at Wigan Infirmary’s intensive care unit, said: “We were very worried about Katie as we could see a critically ill girl with no diagnosis.

“We thought it was septic shock (a life-threatening condition that happens when the blood 
pressure drops to a dangerously low level due to an 

“She died of multiple organ failure but we are uncertain of this cause.

“There are a number of possibilities – a delayed allergic reaction to medication or problems with the heart and inflammatory response.”

Other medical experts testified about Katie’s previous treatment.

She suffered various allergic reactions to antibiotics, causing severe anaphylaxis. She also suffered a urinary tract infection.

In February Katie, who lived in Wood Lane, Heskin, was admitted to Chorley Hospital when symptoms persisted.

She was kept under observation and remained there for 11 days.

Katie’s mum Ann Wilcock said: “She could not get on with her life and she could not get any answers.

“We were concerned about the lack of progress.”