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Inquest verdict on drug addict.

A PLASTERER from Teesside died of septicemia after years of battling a heroin addiction, an inquest heard.

Michael McDermottroe, 30, was admitted to the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton on March 17, last year, following complaints of dizziness, nausea and a sore leg.

Two days later, the 30-year-old from Warwick Crescent, Billingham, was moved onto the intensive care unit where he suffered a cardiac arrest and died.

Consultant pathologist Jonathan Hoffman, who carried out the post mortem, said the deceased had been nursing a large abscess on his left leg due to an infected injection site.

Doctors had been hoping to drain the abscess, but Mr McDermottroe was not considered well enough to undergo surgery.

Consultant Physician Deepak Dwarakanath said: "Septicemia is a very serious condition and despite medication, there will be a proportion of people who will not respond. In Mr McDermottroe's case, intravenous drug abuse would not have helped."

Deputy coroner for Teesside Tony Eastwood said: "The chain of events which eventually led to Mr McDermottroe's death at a young age seems to have its origins in the infection of an injection site."

Mr Eastwood recorded a verdict of misadventure.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jan 22, 2010
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