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Diabetic's death accidental

PUBLISHED: 02:29 05 February 2002 | UPDATED: 15:25 03 March 2010

DIABETIC Helen Tomalin, died after falling in to an insulin-induced coma, said Ipswich coroner, Peter Dean.

Mr Dean recorded a verdict of accidental death on the 26-year-old of Kipling Road, Ipswich.

DIABETIC Helen Tomalin, died after falling in to an insulin-induced coma, said Ipswich coroner, Peter Dean.

Mr Dean recorded a verdict of accidental death on the 26-year-old of Kipling Road, Ipswich.

Miss Tomalin, a diabetic, died on November 21 last year after falling in to a coma the previous week.

Her partner, Christopher Osbourne, told the court she had unstable diabetes.

"She didn't do blood tests very often and sometimes she missed her medication," he said.

"She had been diabetic since she was three years old and she had learned to deal with it."

He added she had hypoglycemia, where the blood sugar level is low because of too much insulin in the blood.

On the day in question, November 14 last year, Mr Osbourne had left Miss Tomalin asleep on the sofa. When he returned home Miss Tomalin was in a coma.

She was taken to Ipswich Hospital but all efforts to bring her out of her coma failed.

The court was told that it was impossible to deduce whether the hypoglycemia was caused because she took too much insulin or because she had not eaten anything after taking it.

The court heard that Miss Tomalin suffered depression and had made several attempts to take her own life, attempts that Mr Osbourne said were cries for help rather than intentional efforts to kill herself.

Coroner Peter Dean said he could find no reason to suggest suicidal intent on this occasion.

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