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Woman Dies from Industrial Disease

A Southampton woman who contracted sepsis after being taken ill with peritoneal mesothelioma has died. Maureen Darke, a 78-year-old retired nurse, died on 16th January 2015 at Southampton General Hospital.


Maureen was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer, in July 2014 after washing her husband's asbestos-ridden clothing for over 20 years when he worked as a purser for Sealink British Ferries in Portsmouth and Weymouth Docks. In a statement, Mr Darke said:


"The ships were an extremely dusty environment in which to work with no ventilation."


Grahame Short, senior coroner for South Hampshire, recorded a verdict of death due to industrial disease and oncology consultant at Winchester's Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Dr David Nolan, said:


"Because she was very weak, because of the cancer, she didn't have the reserve to fight the severe infection like that."


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