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NEW INQUEST INTO ALARM CLOCK DEATH.

Byline: By Wales on Sunday

A new inquest has been ordered into a nurse killed by the shock of her early morning alarm, making legal history.

Lisa Browne, 27, was found dead in her bed eight years ago after her alarm rang out at 6am.

Medics believe the shock of the bell triggered a rare heart disorder, Long Q-T Syndrome. It is the same condition that killed ex-Wales football boss Terry Yorath's 15-year-old son Daniel.

The original inquest into the death of Lisa, from Connah's Quay, Flintshire, recorded an open verdict.

But, after new DNA evidence last year proved Lisa DID have the rare disorder, the High Court has ordered a fresh inquest. It begins next month.

Her family has fought for a year to have Long Q-T recorded on her death certificate.

Lisa's mum, Doreen Harley, has worked with heart charity Cardiac Risk in the Young since her daughter's death.

Last night, a CRY spokesman said: 'Officially, it is said between four and eight people die of Long Q-T Syndrome a year, but we know that the figure is more than 400. Because little is known about the condition it is often not officially recognised as a cause of death.

'This new inquest will help us. It will be a landmark case.'

Lisa worked at the Countess of Chester Hospital, Cheshire.

The inquest begins at Warrington Coroner's Court, Cheshire, on April 28.
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