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Chronic pain drove man to take too many tablets.

Byline: By Dave Black

A FATHER-of-two who suffered from a rare genetic condition and died from a drugs overdose did not intend to kill himself, a coroner ruled yesterday.

Stewart Bradley, 50, had the inherited disorder Pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE), which causes fragmentation and mineralisation of elastic fibres in some tissues.

The condition mainly affects the skin, eyes, kidneys and blood vessels and causes sufferers to experience a lot of pain.

Mr Bradley, of Canterbury Close, Ashington, Northumberland, took a number of painkilling and other tablets every day to help him cope with the condition, his high blood pressure and depression.

Yesterday an inquest in Morpeth heard that because of the number of drugs he was taking, he might have become confused and swallowed so many tablets that they caused his death.

Mr Bradley, who was separated from his wife, was found dead on the sofa in his living room last April.

A post-mortem examination showed he had taken more than 40 tablets and died from a drugs overdose, with broncho-pneumonia and heart disease contributory factors.

His mother Agnes Bradley, who also lives in Ashington, told the inquest he suffered a lot of pain from the PXE, sometimes drank to excess and was on medication for depression.

Mrs Bradley said her son used to become terribly confused and seemed to be in that condition when he left her house after a lunchtime visit on the day he died. She said she was convinced he had taken the drugs overdose by accident.

North Northumberland coroner Ian McCreath said he was unable to reach the conclusion Mr Bradley had formed the intention of taking his own life.

"He was suffering from this terrible inherited disorder and had to take medication on a daily basis. I believe he took these tablets deliberately but without anticipating the consequences."

Verdict: Misadventure.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 24, 2007
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